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Badiou on the Master-Signifier

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Žižek (left) converses with Badiou.

Žižek (left) converses with Badiou.

At my blog The Excerpt Mill I post Slavoj Žižek’s views about Badiou’s theory of the Master-Signifier and postmodernism:

Alain Badiou develops the notion of “atonal” worlds-monde atone-which lack the intervention of a Master-Signifier to impose meaningful order onto the confused multiplicity of reality…

A basic feature of our postmodern world is that it tries to dispense with this agency of the ordering Master-Signifier: the complexity of the world needs to be asserted unconditionally. Every Master-Signifier meant to impose some order on it must be deconstructed, dispersed: “the modern apology for the ‘complexity’ of the world…is really nothing but a generalized desire for atony.”

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