In this paper, I will draw on the work of Alain Badiou to construct an ethical theory centered around the notions 'event', 'subject', 'points', and 'life'. I first review Badiou's critique of ethics, which is discussed in his book Ethics. This concerns the critique of combatting a universal Evil, respecting the Other and the Ethics of nihilism. In this work his positive theory concerns the creation of faithful subjects. To keep going! or to keep being faithful to the event is of ethical importance.
To develop these ideas, I then use Badiou's later work to construct an ethical theory - where Logics of Worlds and Second Manifesto are key texts. He there sketches three different kinds of subject - the faithful, the reactive and the obscure. Still, ethical primacy is with the faithful subject. By delving into what Badiou writes about the faithful subject in relation to the concepts of 'points' and 'life', I hope to develop a coherent understanding of his ethical theory.
I will try to relate these ethical theories to the secondary work on Badiou and to other contemporary ethical theories, and also discuss its relevance for ethics, responsibility and sustainability in business.
Standing Conference of Organisational Symbolism (SCOS), Warsaw 13-16 June 2013.