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The best modern French thinker Alain Badiou has been a lifelong devotee of Beckett's paintings. This ground-breaking examine presents an entire advent to and critique of Badiou's philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics, and his interpretation of the Irish author, as a foundation for an incredible new examining of the Beckett corpus. - ;Beckett and Badiou deals a provocative new examining of Samuel Beckett's paintings on Read more...


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Alongside Badiou’s quotation from Assez, we should place Winnie in Happy Days: ‘Ah earth you old extinguisher’ (CDW, 153). Beckett’s is not only a world of ‘broken dialectic’. It is, emphatically, Lyotard’s nocturnal world, Mallarm´e’s world without a present. As Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot repeatedly state, nothing wholly dooms it to be so. There is no stark and absolute law in Beckett of the kind that so swiftly dooms Ph`edre to ineluctable disaster. This is a crucial point. ⁹⁷ But Beckett’s world is none the less not obviously open to transformation or renewal.

Set theory provides determinate and coherent concepts for what are vague and possibly incoherent notions in ordinary discourse. Cantor subscribed to the same Platonic theory of mathematics as did the young Russell. ¹⁰⁶ They are required for any explanation of natural phenomena that aspires to be complete. The problem with the position I have summarized by quoting Weyl is not its assumptions about mathematics but its assumptions about everyday experience. Here the most wildly adventurous mathematicians can sound oddly staid: unlike set theory, it would seem, the nature of everyday experience is a matter of common sense.

The line became a catchphrase. , ed. Meg Twycross (Lancaster: Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts 6, 1987), 33. ¹³⁷ ‘Dehiscence’ is a term that Beckett applies to O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock. See DI, 82. Its most common meaning is botanical: the breaking open of capsules (seed-pods, anthers) as their parts diverge. 36 Introduction the poignancy of the dance of the bees, which, for all the formal rigour of its pattern, is also infinite, or (Moran’s word) ‘innumerable’ (TR, 170).

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