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Logic of the Site

Logic of the Site

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Logic of the SiteAuthor(s): Alain Badiou, Steve Corcoran, Bruno BosteelsSource:
Diacritics,
Vol. 33, No. 3/4, New Coordinates: Spatial Mappings, National Trajectories(Autumn - Winter, 2003), pp. 140-150Published by:
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LOGIC OF THE SITEALAIN BADIOUTheCommune Is aSite1.OntologyoftheCommuneTakeanyworld whatsoever.Amultiplethat isanobject ofthisworld?whoseelementsareindexedbythetranscendentalofthisworld?isasite,ifithappensto countitselfwithinthereferentialfield ofitsown indexation.Oragain:a siteisamultiplethathap?pensto behave inthe worldwithregardto itselfaswithregardtoitselements,in suchawayas to bethesupportofbeingofitsownappearance.Evenifthe ideaisstillobscure,wecanbegintoseeits content:a site isasingu?larity,because itconvokes itsbeingintheappearingofits ownmultiple composition.Itmakesitself,in theworld,thebeing-thereofitsbeing.Amongotherconsequences,thesitegivesitself anintensityofexistence.A site is abeingthathappensto existbyitself.Wewillask: can wegiveamore concreteideaofwhata siteis? Isthereasite?Let usconsidertheworld"Paris at the endoftheFranco-PrussianWar of1870."Weare in themonth of March1871. Afterasemblanceofresistance,and shotthroughwithfear ofrevolutionaryandworkerParis,theinterimgovernmentofbourgeois"Re-publicans"capitulatestoBismarck's Prussians.Inorderto consolidatethispolitical"victory"?very comparableto Petain'sreactionary revengein1940(wherepreferringanarrangementwith theexternalenemytoexposuretotheinternalenemy)?ithas anassemblywitharoyalistmajority hastilyelectedbyafrightenedruralworld,an assem-blythatsits inBordeaux.LedbyThiers,thegovernmenthopestotakeadvantageof thecircumstancestoannihilatethepoliticalcapacityofthe workers.Buton theParisianfront,theproletariatisarmed inthe form ofaNationalGuard,owingto itshavingbeenmobilizedduringthesiegeonParis. Intheorythe Parisianproletariathasmanyhundredsofcannons atitsdisposition.The"military"organismof theParisians isthe CentralCommittee,atwhichassemblethedelegatesof the variousbattalions oftheNationalGuard,battal-Translators'Note: This text isasmall extractfromAlain Badiou'sforthcomingLogiquesdesmondes(LogicsofWorlds,Frenchpublication expectedin2006)themuch-awaitedfollow-uptohismajorworkL'etreetl'evenement(BeingandEvent,originallypublishedin1988andinEng?lishtranslation in2005).Theprincipal changeinperspectivebetweenthesetwoworks,reallytheonlyknowledgeneededtofollowtheargumenthere,consistsinthemovefrom ontology,asthescienceofbeing,tologic,redefinedas the scienceofappearing,orofbeing-there.Thus,whereasinL'etre etl'evenement,Badioudefinesbeingas amultipleofmultiples,so thateverythingthatismust beseenasapure multiple,inLogiquesdes mondes hemakesthe cohesionof appearing,orthethereofaworld,dependonwhathecallsitstranscendental,thatis,thestructureoforderthatmeasures theidentities anddifferencesinthis worldby assigningvarying degrees ofgreaterorlesserintensityto theexistenceofitsobjects.Thefollowingextract,publishedherewithper-missionoftheauthor,studiesthepossibilityofrealchangewithinagivenregime of appearing,withspecificreferencesto awell-knownsequenceinrevolutionary politics,namely,theParisCommuneof1871. Theresultisacompleterearticulationoftheconditions inwhichagivenspacecanbecome the siteofaradically transformativeevent.diacritics/fall-winter 2003diacritics33.3-4:141-50141
 
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