“An ethic of truths, then is designed to cultivate: a sense of discernment (do not confuse the truth and the false); courage and endurance (do not betray the true); moderation and restraint (resist the idea of total or ‘substantial’ truth).
“The logic relation of Good and Evil is thus perfectly clear: FIRST the Good (the affirmation of a truth), THEN the risk of Evil (as perversion of the Good)…. [An] ethics of truths presumes that every individual can be active and ‘immortal’, is indifferent to established or state-sanctioned differences, operates in the realm of practical division (for or against the event), and situates its affirmation precisely there where the state of the situation can see only the non-known and the non-obvious….. ‘The’ ethic of truth, then, is fully subordinate to the particularity of A truth. There can be no ‘ethics in general’, no general principle of HUMAN rights, for the simple reason that what is UNIVERSALLY human is always rooted in particular truths, particular configurations of active thought.”
– Peter Hallward, translator’s introduction to ETHICS: AN ESSAY ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF EVIL, by Alain Badiou, English edition 2001.