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Badiou and Cinema$
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Alex Ling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641130

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641130.001.0001

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An Aesthetic of Truth

An Aesthetic of Truth

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(p.85) Chapter 4 An Aesthetic of Truth
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Badiou and Cinema
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Alex Ling

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641130.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the radical side of Alain Badiou's philosophy, particularly his concepts of event, subject and truth. It analyses Larry and Andy Wachowski's 1999 film The Matrix as a text that updates or re-news Plato's allegory of the cave to present a mass audience with what the author calls an aesthetic of truth. The chapter attempts to undo and extend Badiou's Platonic argument by demonstrating how the film accords less with Plato's philosophy than with Badiou's.

Keywords:   Alain Badiou, subject, truth, Matrix, Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Plato, aesthetic of truth

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