What then is Nature, that Nature which Galileo declared to be written in ‘mathematical language’? Grasped in its pure multiple-being, nature should be natural-being-in-totality: that is, the multiple which is composed of all the ordinals… Nature has no sayable being. There are only some natural beings… One could say: everything (which is natural) is (belongs) in everything, save that there is no everything. The homogeneity of the ontological schema of natural schema of natural presentations is realized in the unlimited opening in a chain of name-numbers, such that each is composed of all those which precede it.
Badiou, Being and Event, 1988
The first question is this: do I really want to get to the point where I can honestly say that I understand what he’s talking about? My answer, almost unbelievably, is ‘yes.’
The second question is this: am I able to resist this lure? My answer, almost certainly, is ‘yes.’
The third question is this: will I resist?
Maybe there’s a short-cut. I will now turn to a randomly-selected sentence in this book and deem it a mystical portal to Truth. I’m thinking of page 284. I’m thinking of line 5. Let’s see… here’s the complete sentence, with line 5 in bold:
The effort, this time, is to contain the un-measure, not by reinforcing rules and prohibiting the indiscernible, but directly from above, by the conceptual practice of possibly maximal presentations.
Okay, does anyone receive any messages from this passage?