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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
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Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

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“Adjust Your Dread”: Badiou’s Metaphysical Disposition

“Adjust Your Dread”: Badiou’s Metaphysical Disposition

(p.86) Chapter 6 “Adjust Your Dread”: Badiou’s Metaphysical Disposition
Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

A. J. Bartlett

Edinburgh University Press

Adam J. Bartlett’s “‘Adjust Your Dread’: Badiou’s Metaphysical Disposition” is the final encounter with Plato. Bartlett considers how Badiou extends the Platonic gesture through his famously provocative ontological principle: mathematics is the science of being qua being. Beginning with a reflection on Parmenidean and Heraclitean metaphysical tendencies, Bartlett follows the trail of Badiou’s “Platonism of the multiple,” a “metaphysics without metaphysics,” which eschews post-Kantian philosophies of finitude. Against the anti-metaphysical dread of the failure to think being, Badiou returns philosophy to itself by showing that ontology is a condition of philosophy, rather than its own project. Since ontology per se is mathematics, philosophy regains the freedom to think again the complex of being, truth, event, and subject.

Keywords:   Badiou, Ontology, Metaphysics-without-metaphysics, Mathematics, Kant, Platonism

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