Hermeneutics or Mathematics? Two Ways of Thinking Plurality Today.

  • Gert-Jan van der Heiden Radboud University

Abstract

Against a strand of thought represented, among others, by Heidegger, Blanchot, Derrida, Deleuze, and Nancy, Badiou argues that the true Greek event of philosophy is the interruption of both the poem and the myth by the invention of the matheme. Thus, Badiou argues that philosophy is mathematical in nature. This leads to the following question: What happens in Badiou’s decision for mathematics and does this decision indeed lead to a fundamentally different account of the plurality of being than a poetic one?