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.
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 including Being and Event, also published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series.
Ray Brassier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
Table of Contents
|List of Sources||viii|
|Section I.||Ontology is Mathematics|
|1.||Mathematics and Philosophy: The Grand Style and the Little Style||3|
|2.||Philosophy and Mathematics: Infinity and the End of Romanticism||21|
|3.||The Question of Being Today||39|
|4.||Platonism and Mathematical Ontology||49|
|5.||The Being of Number||59|
|6.||One, Multiple, Multiplicities||67|
|7.||Spinoza's Closed Ontology||81|
|Section II.||The Subtraction of Truth|
|8.||The Event as Trans-Being||97|
|10.||Truth: Forcing and the Unnameable||119|
|11.||Kant's Subtractive Ontology||135|
|12.||Eight Theses on the Universal||143|
|13.||Politics as Truth Procedure||153|
|Section III.||Logics of Appearance|
|14.||Being and Appearance||163|
|15.||Notes Toward a Thinking of Appearance||177|
|17.||Hegel and the Whole||221|
|18.||Language, Thought, Poetry||233|
|Index of Concepts||253|
|Index of Names||255|