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Cut of the RealSubjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy$
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Katerina Kolozova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166102

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166102.001.0001

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The Real Transcending Itself (Through Love)

The Real Transcending Itself (Through Love)

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Cut of the Real

Katerina Kolozova

François Laruelle

Columbia University Press

This chapter first discusses the thought of Alain Badiou and François Laruelle, both of whom shared the aspiration for radicalism in method, routed in a form of realism. It then espouses the non-philosophical line of thinking in correlation with the real, and considers the possibility of conceiving of a love of the other's radical solitude (that is to say, of the real) and in correlation with the real. It further argues that every thought is immanently universalistic since the pretension to universality is constitutively inbuilt in the desire of thought. This pretension is unavoidable, as is the naïve or prelingual compulsion in every thinking endeavor to attain “the most accurate truth,” “the most truthful truth” of an event or of the world. This naïve compulsion is what gives birth to thought, and it is certainly prior to any self-reflection, to any autoreferential self-correctives of the thinking process that introduce criticality and political responsibility into itself.

Keywords:   radicalism, realism, radical solitude, Alain Badiou, François Laruelle, feminist theory, non-philosophy, universalism

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