A. J. Bartlett

in Badiou and Plato

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643752
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652655 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the issue of ‘fidelity’ in Plato's dialogues. It explains that fidelity in itself is neither a capacity nor a subjective quality and discusses Alan Badiou's view that fidelity is an operation that exists ideally by virtue of an intervention and materially by virtue of its results. It argues that Socrates' absurd claim to ignorance functions as the operator of faithful connection that connects the Athenian inhabitants encountered across the dialogues to their unknown universal condition signified by the event encounter.

Keywords: fidelity; Plato's dialogues; Alan Badiou; intervention; Socrates; faithful connection; Athenian inhabitants; universal condition; event encounter

Chapter.  14201 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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