quinta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2009

Filosofia como Biografia

Deixo aqui o link para um belíssimo texto do Alain Badiou. Chama-se Filosofia como Biografia ("Philosophy as Biography").
Sempre gostei de biografias de sujeitos da ciência e das artes. Lembro-me de como lia com gosto as biografias editadas pelas edições Cosmo. Sempre apreciei menos as de estadistas, ou militares. Esta pequena reflexão do Badiou traz-me à memória alguns outros textos, nos quais vejo a (minha) paixão pelo "futur anterieur". O próprio Vítor por vezes publica aqui pequenas reflexões deste género.
Para abrir o apetite reproduzo umas das histórias contadas pelo Badiou (é a quarta, sobre amor e religião):

"Before coming to Paris, I lived in a province, I am a provincial who came to Paris a bit late. And one of the traits that characterized my provincial youth is that a majority of the girls were still raised in religion. These girls were still kept or reserved for an interesting destiny. Which gave an important figure to the masculine parade: the different manners to shine in front of these girls still pious, the principal of these being to refute the existence of God. This was an important exercise of seduction, both because it was transgress! ve, and rhetorically brilliant when one had the nieans of doing it.
Before conquering their virtues, the souls had to be yanked out of the Church. Which of the two is the worst, that's for the priests to decide. But out of this conies the idea, that I had very early, that the most argumentative, the most abstract philosophy also always constitutes a seduction. A seduction whose basis is sexual, no doubt about it. Of course, philosophy argues against the seduction of images and I remain Platonist on this point. But it also argues in order to seduce. We can thus understand the Socratic function of corruption of the youth. Corrupting youth means being seductively hostile to the normal regime of seduction. I maintain and I repeat that is the destiny of philosophy to corrupt the youth, to teach it that immediate seductions have little value, but also that superior seductions exist. In the end, the young man who knows how to refute the existence of God is more seductive than the one who could only propose to the girl. a game of tennis. It's a good reason to become a philosopher.
This is what has become the place of the question of love, as a key question of philosophy itself, exactly in the sense it already had for Plato in Symposium. The question of love is necessarily at the heart of philosophy, because it governs the question of its power, the question of its address to its public, the question of its seductive strength. On this point, I believe I have followed Socrates's very difficult direction: "the one who follows the path of total revelation must begin at an early age to be taken by the beauty of bodies"."

Confesso o meu amor pela sedução (que me seduz).

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