Being and Event

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Since the book’s first publication in 1988, Alain Badiou’s Being and Event has established itself of one of the most important and controversial works in contemporary philosophy and its author as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Being and Event is a comprehensive statement of Badiou’s philosophical project and sees him recast the European philosophical tradition from Plato onwards, via a series of analyses of such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, and Lacan. He thus ...

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Overview

Since the book’s first publication in 1988, Alain Badiou’s Being and Event has established itself of one of the most important and controversial works in contemporary philosophy and its author as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Being and Event is a comprehensive statement of Badiou’s philosophical project and sees him recast the European philosophical tradition from Plato onwards, via a series of analyses of such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, and Lacan. He thus develops the basis for a history of philosophy rivalling those of Heidegger and Deleuze in its depth.

Now publishing in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark 25 years since the book’s first publication in French, Being and Event is an essential read for anyone interested in contemporary thought.

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Editorial Reviews

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Professor Badiou (Ecole Normale Superieure & College International de Philosophie, Paris) published this text in French nearly 20 years ago. Despite the time lapse, American readers-including those who keep abreast of Continental philosophy only in translation-will encounter concepts they have rarely come across elsewhere. Maintaining that "mathematics is ontology" and that "ontology is a situation," Badiou offers 37 meditations (in the Cartesian sense), which are themselves one of three types: conceptual, textual, or metaontological. His syntax, which the translator has consciously maintained, elaborates on the ideas it carries by its formal and complex structure. Badiou's references to and use of his predecessors and contemporaries-including Plato, Cantor, Spinoza, Heidegger, Lacan, and a dozen other ancients, moderns, and postmoderns-are compelling in the instant but require much more protracted discussion in order for his project to enter an accessible stream of current intellectual discourse. A variety of scholars, including philosophers, mathematicians, and intellectual historians, would do well to examine this volume and seek in it threads that warrant continued examination in an era of nanotechnology and political terrorism.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472511065
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/19/2013
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 579,990
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Badiou teaches at the École Normale Supérieure and at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, France. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works.

Oliver Feltham is Associate Professor of Philosophyat the American University of Paris, France.

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Table of Contents

New Author's Preface
Translator's Preface
Introduction
Book I Being: Multiple and Void. Plato/Cantor
1. The One and the Multiple: a priori conditions of any possible ontology
2. Plato
3. Theory of the Pure Multiple: paradoxes and critical decision
Technical Note: the conventions of writing
4. The Void: Proper name of being
5. The Mark Æ
6. Aristotle Book II Being: Excess, State of the Situation, One/Multiple, Whole/Parts, or Î/Ì?
7. The Point of Excess
8. The State, or Metastructure, and the Typology of Being (normality, singularity, excrescence)
9. The State of the Historico-social Situation
10. Spinoza Book III Being: Nature and Infinity. Heidegger/Galileo
11. Nature: Poem or matheme?
12. The Ontological schema of Natural Multiples and the Non-existence of Nature
13. Infinity: the other, the rule and the Other
14. The Ontological Decision: 'There is some infinity in natural multiples'
15. Hegel Book IV The Event: History and Ultra-one
16. Evental Sites and Historical Situations
17. The Matheme of the Event
18. Being's Prohibition of the Event
19. MallarméBook V The Event: Intervention and Fidelity. Pascal/Choice; Hölderlin/Deduction
20. The Intervention: Illegal choice of a name for the event, logic of the two, temporal foundation
21. Pascal
22. The Form-multiple of Intervention: is there a being of choice?
23. Fidelity, Connection
24. Deduction as operator of ontological fidelity
25. HölderlinBook VI Quantity and Knowledge. The discernable (or constructible): Leibniz/Gödel
26. The concept of quantity and the impasse of ontology
27. Ontological destiny of orientation within thought
28. Constructivist thought and the knowledge of being
29. The folding of being and the sovereignty of language
30. LeibnizBook VII The Generic: indiscernible and truth.
The event - P.J.Cohen
31. The Thought of the Generic and Being in Truth
32. Rousseau
33. The Matheme of the Indiscernible: P.J.Cohen's strategy
34. The existence of the indiscernible: the power of the namesBook VIII Forcing: Truth and the Subject. Beyond Lacan
35. Theory of the subject
36. Forcing: from the indiscernible to the undecidable
37. Descartes / LacanAnnexes
Appendixes
Notes
Dictionary

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