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Co-sponsored Event: Alain Badiou (Ecole normale superieure and College international de philosophie)

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Co-sponsored Event:
Alain Badiou (Ecole normale superieure and College international de philosophie)
"The Topology of the Neighbor"

12:00 - 2:00 pm
HRI Conference Room, Administration 338

In topology there is what is called a structure of "neighboring." In constructing a concept of "neighbor," it is very helpful to study the axioms of neighboring. We can ascertain at least three essential philosophical points: 1) "Neighbor" always implies a relation between a global situation and a local point. It is not possible to limit the notion of neighboring to only two "local" neighbors. Thus something universal is contained in neighboring. 2) The concept of "neighbor" is intimately connected to the question of the open or the closed, and therefore also to that of the interior and the exterior. This relation shows that "neighbor" indeed involves questions of identity, but open identities, not closed ones. 3) The concept of "neighbor" implies a dialectic of the finite and the infinite.Co-sponsored by UC HRI Residential Research Group on "The Ethics of the Neighbor," the UC Irvine Department of English and Comparative Literature, the UC Irvine Working Group on Law, Society, and Culture, the UC Irvine Critical Theory Institute, and the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies.