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Theoretical Writings / Edition 1

Theoretical Writings / Edition 1


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Alain Badiou is arguably the most important and original philosopher working in France today. Swimming against the tide of postmodern orthodoxy, Badiou's work revitalizes philosophy's perennial attempt to provide a systematic theory of truth.

This volume presents for the first time in English a comprehensive overview of Badiou's ambitious system. Beginning with Badiou's controversial assertion that ontology is mathematics, this volume sets out his theory of the emergence of truths from the singular relationship between a subject and an event. Also included is a substantial extract from Badiou's forthcoming work on the logics of appearance and the concept of world, presented here in advance of its French publication.

Ranging from startling re-readings of canonical figures (Spinoza, Kant and Hegel) to decisive engagements with poetry, psychoanalysis and radical politics, Theoretical Writings is an indispensable introduction to one of the great thinkers of our time.

The volume also features a preface written by the author especially for this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826493248
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Series: Continuum Impacts , #63
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.63(d)

About 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.

Ray Brassier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Alberto Toscano is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor and translator, with Ray Brassier, of Alain Badiou's Theoretical Writings (London: Continuum, 2004).

Table of Contents

List of SourcesEditors' NoteAuthor's PrefaceI. Ontology is Mathematics1. Mathematics and Philosophy: The Grand Style and the Little Style2. Philosophy and Mathematics: Infinity and the End of Romanticism3. The Question of Being Today4. Platonism and Mathematical Ontology5. The Being of Number6. One, Multiple, Multiplicities7. Spinoza's Closed OntologyII. The Subtraction of Truth8. The Event as Trans-Being9. On Subtraction10. Truth: Forcing and the Unnameable11. Kant's Subtractive Ontology12. Eight Theses on the Universal13. Politics as Truth ProcedureIII. Logics of Appearance14. Being and Appearance15. Notes Towards a Thinking of Appearance16. The Transcendental17. Hegel and the Whole18. Language, Thought, PoetryNotesIndex of ConceptsIndex of Names

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