Oi, this Badiou fellow does not sound too happy!
To see a philosopher of Badiou’s stature engaged in such sniping is a shock, given the operatic architectonics of much of his work, but it is also to see him as MBK saw him: petty, self-aggrandizing and paranoid (not unjustly) about betrayal. This is one of the troubling things about MBK’s book: Belhaj Kacem charges Badiou with a number of misbehaviors and seems to be telling the truth. And yet it’s also true, as Badiou counters, that he tells it in an anecdotic and even vulgar fashion.The critique comes couched in a surprising amount of name calling, enough that his future translator may have to resort to the innovations in invective that Hergé’s used for Captain Haddock. But we must remember that Belhaj Kacem’s philosophy is in fact an avowed antiphilosophy. Perhaps because of its correspondence with his own rhetorico-emotional register, he is further empowered to accuse Badiou’s philosophy, too, of being petty, self-aggrandizing and paranoid. Reading Après Badiou, you begin to believe him.
I knew that I was lazy and megalomaniacal, but by themselves this couldn’t account for the meagerness of my broth. But if you add my treason, that explains it! Again Badiou has the answer for us. Who knew set theory had such direct application to philosophy?
OMG I just noticed: you changed the spelling of (what used to say) “craptasitc”. I kind of liked it that way …
God, I thought people would never notice!