Badiou and Philosophy

Badiou and Philosophy

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Edited by Dr. Sean Bowden, Edited by Simon Duffy, Contributions by Simon Duffy, Contributions by Tzuchien Tho, Contributions by Dr. Sean Bowden, Contributions by Anindya Bhattacharyya, Contributions by Ed Pluth, Contributions by James Williams, Contributions by Talia Morag, Contributions by Nina Power


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  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 14 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0748643516
  • ISBN 13: 9780748643516
  • Sales rank: 457,469

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This title presents a range of critical engagements with the work of Alain Badiou. This collection of 13 essays directly addresses the work of Alain Badiou, focusing specifically on the philosophical content of his work and the various connections he established with both his contemporaries and his philosophical heritage. This is the first reassessment of Badiou's work since the publication of the English translation of Logics of Worlds, (2009). It critiques how Badiou sources and responds to existing philosophical arguments and traditions as well as the arguments he employs to do so. It examines Badiou's work through the lens of a number of thinkers and themes, from Cantor and category/topos theory, through Lacan and Lautman, to Sartre and subject.

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Author information

Sean Bowden lectures in philosophy at Deakin University and is a Research Fellow in the Philosophy Program at La Trobe University. Simon Duffy is ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney.

Table of contents

I. Philosophy's Mathematical Condition; 2. Badiou's Platonism: The Mathematical Forms of Post-Cantorian Set-Theory; 3. What is Post-Cantorian Thought? Transfinitude and the Conditions of Philosophy; 4. The Set-Theoretical Nature of Badiou's Ontology and Lautman's Dialectic of Problematic Ideas.; 5. Sets, Categories and Topoi: Approaches to Ontology in Badiou's Later Work; II. Philosophical Concepts; 6. The Black Sheep of Philosophical Materialism...; 7. The Event; 8. Badiou and Neo-Pragmatism: Friend and Foe; III. Philosophical Figures; 9. Towards a New Political Subject: Badiou between Marx and Althusser; 10. 'The Greatest of Our Dead': Badiou's Lacan; 11. Badiou and Sartre: The Transformation of Freedom from Imagination to Chance; 12. Badiou's Reception of Heidegger; 13. One Falls into Two: Badiou's Critique of Deleuze.