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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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(p.129) Chapter 4 Fidelity
Badiou and Plato

A. J. Bartlett

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the issue of ‘fidelity’ in Plato's dialogues. It explains that fidelity in itself is neither a capacity nor a subjective quality and discusses Alan Badiou's view that fidelity is an operation that exists ideally by virtue of an intervention and materially by virtue of its results. It argues that Socrates' absurd claim to ignorance functions as the operator of faithful connection that connects the Athenian inhabitants encountered across the dialogues to their unknown universal condition signified by the event encounter.

Keywords:   fidelity, Plato's dialogues, Alan Badiou, intervention, Socrates, faithful connection, Athenian inhabitants, universal condition, event encounter

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