Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The event (Badiou)
An event is an unpredictable break in our everyday worlds that opens new possibilities. The three conditions for an event are: that something happens to us (by pure accident, no destiny, no determinism), that we name what happens, and that we remain faithful to it. In Badiou’s philosophy, we become subjects through the event. By naming it and maintaining fidelity to the event, the subject emerges as a subject to its truth. ‘Being there,’ as traditional phenomenology would have it, is not enough.
One of the things I like about Badiou’s notion of ‘the event’ is the three conditions:
- the event must befall you — it ‘happens’, you have no control over it.
- you name the event (and/or tell the story of it?)
- you remain faithful to the event (could this be useful for thinking about the faith of the faithless…?)