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Concerning Footnote no. 7, in the Translator's Introduction.  Collegeville USA, May 2013.

“The concept of the void of the situation is another difficult and important point developed in detail in L’ETRE ET L’ÉVÉNEMENT [d’Alain Badiou]. The guiding idea is that what determines ‘normality’ in a situation is its particular manner of foreclosing, in something like the Lacanian sense, its minimally ‘differed’ part. The ‘void’ of the situation is what eludes representation by the state of the situation (for example: the proletariat in captalist situations, or ‘illegal’ immigrants in ‘Western’ situations). What then SITUATES an event – what determines what Badiou calls its ‘eventual site [SITE ÉVÉNEMENTIEL]’ – is its location at ‘the edge of the void’ of the situation in which it takes place. More technically, the site is an element of the situation which itself, counted from the perspective of the situation, has no distinguishable elements or members of its own, and thus seems ‘void’ from that perspective (the proletarian ‘mob,’ the mass of ‘faceless’ immigrants…).”

– Peter Hallward, translator’s introduction to ETHICS: AN ESSAY ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF EVIL, by Alain Badiou, English edition 2001

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