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Badiou and PlatoAn Education by Truths$
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A J Bartlett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643752

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643752.001.0001

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Introduction: Trajectory

Introduction: Trajectory

(p.1) Introduction: Trajectory
Badiou and Plato

A. J. Bartlett

Edinburgh University Press

This book analyses Plato's dialogues using Alan Badiou's concepts and categories. It aims to establish the logical and implicative link between the primary axiomatic statement that the only education is an education by truths and its consequent yet coincident axiomatic statement that thought is nothing other than the desire to finish with the exorbitant excess of the state. It combines the Platonic trajectory with a commitment to anti-anti-Platonism and explains that Badiou's work offers the chance to link several aspects of the Platonic corpus. It demonstrates that despite the variations of Plato's approach in the different dialogues his goal always the same.

Keywords:   Plato's dialogues, Alan Badiou, education by truths, axiomatic statement, Platonic trajectory, anti-anti-Platonism

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