Responses to this article have been diverse and at times quite animated. It might make sense for me to respond and clarify a number of points and criticisms that have arisen.
First let’s dispense with some of the straw man arguments…
- This article is not about capitalism or math or philosophy in general — it’s about post-fordism as a specific historical period.
- It does not say that realism is bad or that realism should be thrown out.
- It does not say that math or software are bad or that they should be thrown out.
- It does not say that “OOO equals capitalism, therefore OOO is bad.”
- It does not say that math entered philosophy under post-fordism — math has always been a part of philosophy.
- It does not deny that math has always been a part of capitalism, prior to post-fordism.
- It is not a defense of humanism.
- It is not a defense of correlationism.
- It is not a Hegelian argument, despite the tone of the final two sentences.
- It is not an indictment of Badiou; it does not say that Badiou is complicit with capitalism.
Let’s go through a number of specific points, starting with the last one…
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