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    On being, subject and truth in the works of Pablo Neruda and Alain Badiou

    Kejriwal, Pritha (2021) On being, subject and truth in the works of Pablo Neruda and Alain Badiou. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.


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    The theoretical underpinning of this line of inquiry into the poetry of Pablo Neruda is the mathematico-ontological work of contemporary French philosopher and author of two philosophical magnum opuses, Being and Event and Logics of Worlds (Being and EventII), Alain Badiou. His radical ideas of the ‘object’, the ‘world’ it is contained in, the occurrence of an ‘event’ in the world, and the eventual production of the ‘truth’ as the consequence of the ‘event’ –all of which form the substantial basis of his second book, Logics of Worlds also guides this inquiry. This research aims to map Pablo Neruda’s works onto the mathematical/philosophical framework established by Badiou. After having established the Badiouan idea of an ‘object’., this thesis, instead of treating Neruda’s works as one seamless fabric, would proceed, ‘object’ by ‘object’, as they occur and recur in Neruda’s poetry. Through various proofs in the mathematico-ontological language developed by Badiou in his Logics of Worlds, this inquiry will be a radical new entry into Neruda’s poetry. Alongside, some other texts of a more narrative nature by Alain Badiou on poetry and philosophy would also support the study, by creating more points of intersection between poetry, mathematics, ontology and philosophy. This thesis a purely theoretical/mathematical intervention, hence would progress mainly via 1) a thorough and rigorous reading, analysis and application of related texts –which would include not just the extensive work done by Alain Badiou, but also related philosophers of phenomenology and 2) by creating mathematical proofs at each stage to establish homeo-morphisms between the Nerudian and Badiouan universes. The thesis would aim to apply the rigor and exactitude of mathematics to ascertain and concretize the concepts of Being, Subject and Truth in the combined universe of Alain Badiou and Pablo Neruda.


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    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 17:47
    Last Modified: 29 Jan 2022 07:39


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