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Alain Badiou on Mathematics - Dictionary of Arguments

Sokal I 204
Mathematics/Politics/Society/Badiou/Bricmont/Sokal: (A. Badiou, Théory du sujet, Paris, 1982): here, Badiou applies the continuum hypothesis (of the set theory) to the social situation:
Badiou: (Badiou 1982, p. 282f): "What is at stake here is no less than the fusion of algebra (the ordered sequence of cardinal numbers) with topology (the surplus of the divisor compared to with the elementary). The truth of the continuum hypothesis would make a law out of the fact that the surplus within the multiple has no other task than to fill the empty space, than the existence of the non-existent,
Sokal I 205
which is in accordance with the original multiple. There would be this asserted branching of unity, that what goes beyond the whole on the inside only designates the border point of this whole. But the continuum hypothesis is not provable. Mathematical triumph of politics over the realism of labor unions."
SokalVsBadiou: the "mathematics" in this section are quite meaningless.
Sokal I 204
Sokal: we were quite surprised that the philosopher Alain Badiou in all seriousness - so it seems - puts forward very similar thoughts as we did in our parody (see J. Bricmont and A. Sokal, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", Social Text 1996).


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Badi I
Alain Badiou
Théorie du sujet, Paris 1982
German Edition:
Theorie des Subjekts Berlin 2014

Sokal I
Alan Sokal
Jean Bricmont
Fashionabel Nonsense. Postmodern Intellectuals Abuse of Science, New York 1998
German Edition:
Eleganter Unsinn. Wie die Denker der Postmoderne die Wissenschaften missbrauchen München 1999

Sokal II
Alan Sokal
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science New York 1999


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