File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0111, message 17

Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 19:06:45 +0800

> Hugh,
> > > No gods, No masters, No man.  There is no authority except the
> > Hitler admired Catholicism becaused it enforced its authority.  Telling
> > others there is no authority except the one prescribed sounds
> > like an imitation of the author of  the Ten Commandments.
> Your suspicion comes with some authority, no? The Immortal is of every
> person, and singular to that person. The Immortal would give authority to
> what Badiou calls 'opinion'. 'The maxim of opinion is: Love that which you
> have always loved.'
> > If B is saying,
> > to each of us choose your own Good,  resist the Good imposed by the
> > that is a logical statement.  If this leads to being your own authority,
> > subject to you own rules, it would seem  you are playing philosopher.
> I think this is exactly what he is doing. Also I think the
> 'subject-of-a-truth-becoming-process' is for those ppls who have
> subjectivities not on par with the PoMoCo, that is, for conservatives.

As an adjunct to my initial post:
Badiou speaks of the "'freedom of opinion'" being "first and foremost the
freedom to designate Evil" (8).
Something may be regarded as an 'evil', an Ideological State Apparition, or,
perhaps, a 'normative norm', but not an Evil. The "truth-process. to use an
expression of Lacan's - punches a 'hole' in these knowledges" (43), then
creates new knowledges, "the truth forces [new] knowledges" (70).

But for this to happen the truth-becoming-subject must realise this:
"There are as many differences, say, between a Chinese peasant and a young
Norwegian professional as between myself and anybody at all, including
myself. As many, but also, then neither more nor less." (26)

When I said conservatives I meant in the sense Badiou means, as conservation
of subject. Not in the fidelity to a truth-becoming process but to something
The notion of 'myself as different to myself as a Chinese peasant' I think
is the radical point of departure that allows anyone to play 'philosopher',
or, perhaps, another way to look at it is, for anybody to regard their Self
as Other.



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