This piece is an ‘Appendix: A Psychoanalysis of Alain Badiou’ to my essay ‘Fatal Repetition: Badiou and the Age of the Poets‘, but though it still remains linked to the essay, I believe that it deserves attention on its own as an exploration into the phenomenon of Alain Badiou and as an invitation to a discussion about Alain Badiou, his relation to Lacan, Surrealism, and Poststructuralism.
Appendix: A Psychoanalysis of Alain Badiou
This current deconstruction of Badiou should be taken, along with the myriad other implications of its criticisms of Badiou, in a political sense as a critique of the credibility of his approach to Marx with respect to the derivative and rather conservative advocacy in his philosophy. In the press, from which he originally emerged as a host of a television programme, he takes often radical and I would argue worthwhile stands. But, then, there is his philosophy and the particular psychoanalytic obsession that underlies his thought. This would seem fair game as he has overtly confessed his discipleship to Lacan. But, what is this psycho-analytic image that underlies his thought, in the sense in which Wittgenstein felt lay below Heidegger?