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Badiou qua Badiou, or vanity of void ontology

Pieter Wisse
Information Dynamics, The Netherlands


Abstract
A nonsensical claim is hardly worth the trouble to contest as long as nobody except its author takes it seriously. In some circles, however, French philosopher Alain Badiou is heralded as a great thinker. Especially his emphasis on multiplicity should raise interest from the perspective of information management. So, can Badiou’s ideas be put to practical use, there? After admitting that his perplexing obscurity prohibits responsible evaluation, this paper nonetheless proceeds to discuss Badiou’s major work Being and Event. Constructive advice cannot be derived, but at least a general warning is sounded against irresponsible nonsense.

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Reference:Wisse, P.E. (2006). "Badiou qua Badiou, or vanity of void ontology," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 6(8). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/6-8
Keywords:information management, Alain Badiou, Being and Event, ontology, set theory, nonsense, responsibility, ethics
Item Type:Article - Volume 6 Article 8 (2006)
Language:English
Email: Pieter Wisse (pieter@wisse.cc)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=383

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