I am thinking of Sam Gillespie, who came from the United States to join my other friends in England
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, a particularly acute and occasionally mordant analyst (see The Mathematics of Novelty: Badiou’s Minimalist Metaphysics), whose intense work was interrupted by his death.
Sam Gillespie (September 1, 1970 – August 8, 2003) was a philosopher with a particular interest in the work of Alain Badiou, a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) who wrote about being, truth and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Gillespie was described by Joan Copjec as “one of the most gifted and promising philosophers of his generation”
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. He was a co-founder of the academic journal Umbr(a),. Gillespie’s book The Mathematics of Novelty was published posthumously in 2008. Peter Hallward wrote that “This tremendously valuable book is a landmark in the critical reception of Badiou’s work.”
After his death by suicide at age 33 2016 Billige Nike fodboldtrøjer, The Mathematics of Novelty was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, which Gillespie was posthumously awarded in 2005. Into the first decade of the 21st century, it is now recognized that Gillespie’s writings and translations were crucial to the initial reception of Alain Badiou’s work in the English-speaking world.