Wendy James wouldn’t be impressed with Plato’s idea of love. One thing that Plato got right, Badiou says, was to see love as an experience of truth.
However, Badiou’s theory is more interesting than Aristotle’s rather trite conception.
It explains, for a start, why love, when it happens, is a life-changing, and often inconvenient, event.
Generally, when people are really smitten with one another, they don’t tend to question the common perspective.
This doesn’t always lead to happy outcomes, it must be noted. Badiou rails against the modern notion of ‘risk free love’.
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in Godard’s PIERROT LE FOU (1965). Before talking about their findings, it is worth noting that ‘love’ is an abstract noun that can be used in a various ways.