Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 29 May 2020

“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

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .