The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Bruno Besana, ‘Alain Badiou’s Pasolini: The Problem of Subtractive Universalism’, in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, Traditions, ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 6 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 209–36 <>
Earlier citation: Identical except for DOI prefix 10.25620

Alain Badiou’s PasoliniThe Problem of Subtractive UniversalismBruno Besana


In the following analysis, I wish to show how Alain Badiou’s work is crucial to understanding the exact sense of change as ‘inactuality’ or paradoxical actuality, and I wish to do so by scrutinizing his references to Pasolini. Badiou in fact investigates the concept of change through Pasolini’s depiction of the figure of Paul, arguing that it exposes a specific tension between universality and singularity, and between eternity and novelty, which constitutes the very dialectic of change.

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo – San Paolo; Paul, Saint; Badiou, Alain; universalism; logic; event; change

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