Philosophy, Mathematics, Love

Sigi Jöttkandt and Justin Clemens

Monday, September 26th, 18:00h @ MaMa

In her talk With a lever…: Beckett, Badiou and the Logics of Sexual Difference, Sigi Jöttkandt will address an apparent shift in Alain Badiou’s thinking on sex and the universal. Previously Badiou had maintained that sex was a particularity that requires subtraction from the universal, together with the other predicative descriptions of identity such as nation, race and class. However in a recent paper, Figures of Femininity in the Contemporary World, Badiou contends that the sexuation of philosophical and symbolic thought is “inevitable”. Taking Badiou’s readings of Samuel Beckett as its guide, and addressing Badiou’s discussions of change in Logics of Worlds and Subject of Change,  Jöttkandt will work through the implications of this new claim. She will ask whether Badiou’s thought allows the possibility of a real change in his philosophy, including thereby the potential to change one’s sex.

In his talk A note on the structure of the philosophical work of Alain Badiou, Justin Clemens will examine the relation between rhetoric and logic in the writing of that philosopher.


Sigi Jöttkandt is a Senior Lecturer in English at UNSW, Australia. She is the author of Acting Beautifully: Henry James and the Ethical Aesthetic, First Love: A Phenomenology of the One and numerous articles on literature and psychoanalysis. A co-founding editor of S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique (www.lineofbeauty.org) and of Umbr(a), she is also a co-founding co-Director of Open Humanities Press.


Justin Clemens is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His books include Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy, Minimal Domination, and, with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe, Lacan Deleuze Badiou. He is currently working on a project titled Australian Poetry Today.


The lectures are being organised in collaboration with the international conference REPETITION/S: Performance and Philosophy in Ljubljana.