Being and Event

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A&C Black, Jul 15, 2007 - Philosophy - 526 pages
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Being and Event is the centrepiece of Alain Badiou's oeuvre; it is the work that grounds his reputation as one of France's most original philosophers.  Long-awaited in translation, Being and Event makes available to an English-speaking readership Badiou's groundbreaking work on set theory - the cornerstone of his whole philosophy.  This book makes the scope and aim of Badiou's whole philosophical project clear, enabling full comprehension of Badiou's significance for contemporary philosophy. In Being and Event, Badiou anchors this project by recasting 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.This wide-ranging book is organised in a precise and novel manner, reflecting the philosophical rigour of Badiou's thought.  Unlike many contemporary Continental philosophers, Badiou - who is also a novelist and dramatist - writes lucidly and cogently, making his work accessible and engaging.  This English language edition includes a new preface, written especially for this translation. Being and Event is essential reading for Badiou's considerable following and anyone interested in contemporary Continental philosophy.
  

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

While Badiou certainly is knowledgable about set theory his mixing of it with ontology proves to be rather messy. Throughout the book I did not feel like I was really getting something tangible ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

Excellent :D Truly original, though the thesis is a little dubious and seems like a reversion to foundationalism, which can't be a good sign. A jolly fun read, though! His style is very Deleuzian: the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Being Multiple and Void PlatoCantor
21
Being Excess State of the Situation OneMultiple WholeParts or 8712Omitted?
79
Being Nature and Infinity HeideggerGalileo
121
The Event History and Ultraone
171
The Event Intervention and Fidelity PascalChoice HölderlinDeduction
199
Quantity and Knowledge The Discernible or Constructible LeibnizGödel
263
The Generic Indiscernible and Truth The EventP J Cohen
325
Forcing Truth and the Subject Beyond Lacan
389
Appendixes
439
Notes
481
Dictionary
498
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About the author (2007)

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 Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris, France.

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