Is the most rigorous form of making distinctions located in mathematics? Badiou seems to think so. How is it that there is a world that can guide our making of distinctions? What are the conditions for us saying that something can exist in the first place? These are Heidegger’s questions.
In other words, if Badiou is right, then is math, and should math be, primary in our distinction making? Another way to look at the question would be to turn to art. How is it that a style emerges from an artist that is somehow distinct from the rest of the canon? Can mathematics help us here?