File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0112, message 61

Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 21:37:51 -0600
Subject: Re: Critique of Badiou


Why is the Other necessarily a trap?  

I write, you write, Hugh writes, Shawn writes, Judy writes, Matthew
writes, Glen writes....

Doesn't ethics emanate from these relationships with Others?

Doesn't truth emanate from these relationships with Others?

How does Badiou refute this?

If something like social construction, however you define it, exists,
then isn't the Other necessary since we do not live alone? Don't I come
to know who I am only in the context of the Others who confront me?

I find much that is stimulating in Badiou, but his polemics fail to
convince me.  I agree with his critique of human rights as a form of
disguised politics, but it seems there is a deeper level that he simply
does not confront. 



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