Although the immortal life that man might attain by becoming a subject of truth consists in a way of life intrinsic to our mortal life and not in some sort of eternal afterlife, it nevertheless involves a different mode of time. In chapter five in his book Deleuze: The Clamor of Being Badiou discusses the question of time and truth in detail. Contrasting himself to Deleuze who, according to Badiou (D 64), conceptualizes truth in terms of memory and thus as continuity, Badiou (D 64-65) insists that truth should be thought of as a radical interruption in time, and thus more in terms of forgetting than memory. He describes this particular form of forgetting that he associates with truth and the experience of this forgetting in the following way:

[…] this forgetting is not the simple forgetting of this or that, but the forgetting of time itself: the moment when we live as if time (this time) had never existed, or, in conformity with the profound maxim of Aristotle, as if we were immortal […]. This, to my mind, is the real experience of (political) revolutions, (amorous) passions, (scientific) interventions, and (artistic) creations. It is in this abolition of time that is engendered the eternity of truth.


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