Being and Event

Being and Event

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By (author) Alain Badiou, Translated by Oliver Feltham

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 082649529X
  • ISBN 13: 9780826495297
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 51,180

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

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"'A significant book, one which one cannot fail to find staggering.' - Jean Francois-Lyotard 'One of the most important philosophers writing today.' - Joan Copjec 'A book of exceptional scope and rare courage of thought that tackles the whole of Philosophy, from Parmenides to Heidegger.' - Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe"

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 AE; 6. Aristotle; Book II Being: Excess, State of the Situation, One/Multiple, Whole/Parts, or I/i?; 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. Mallarme; Book V The Event: Intervention and Fidelity. Pascal/Choice; Holderlin/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. Holderlin; Book VI Quantity and Knowledge. The discernable (or constructible): Leibniz/Godel; 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. Leibniz; Book 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 names; Book VIII Forcing: Truth and the Subject. Beyond Lacan; 35. Theory of the subject; 36. Forcing: from the indiscernible to the undecidable; 37. Descartes / Lacan; Annexes; Appendixes; Notes; Dictionary.