Logics of Worlds

Logics of Worlds : Being and Event II

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Logics of Worlds is the sequel to Alain Badiou's much-heralded masterpiece, Being and Event. Tackling the questions that had been left open by Being and Event, and answering many of his critics in the process, Badiou supplements his pioneering treatment of multiple being with a daring and complex theory of the worlds in which truths and subjects make their mark - what he calls a materialist dialectic. The radical recasting of ontology in Being and Event is followed and complemented here by a thoroughgoing transformation in our very understanding of logic, conceived as a theory not of being but of appearing.

Unafraid to resurrect and reinvent the classical themes of philosophy, Badiou gives new meaning to concepts such as object, body and relation, mobilising them in arresting studies that range from the architectural planning of Brasilia to contemporary astronomy, and confronting himself with towering philosophical counterparts (Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Lacan, Deleuze). The book culminates in an impassioned call to 'live for an Idea'. Now in paperback, the book is accessible to a wider audience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 632 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 36mm | 659.99g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1441172963
  • 9781441172969
  • 385,250

About Alain Badiou

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

Alberto Toscano is Senior 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).
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Table of contents

I. Formal Theory of the Subject \ II. Great Logic 1: The Transcendental \ III. Great Logic 2: The Object \ IV. Great Logic 3: The Relation \ V. The Four Forms of Change \ VI. Theories of Points \ VII. What is a Body? \ Conclusion \ Appendices \ Bibliography
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This time it's true; this really IS the book we have been waiting for. Since the publication of his magisterial Being and Event, we have been impatient to see what could not be foreseen: the way worlds look, according to Badiou. Logics of Worlds delivers a powerful theory of the uncanny appearance of truths; a rigorous polemic against the tedious nominalist-historicist materialism of our day; and a phenomenology every bit as impressive as Badiou's justly celebrated ontology. -- Professor Joan Copjec, University at Buffalo, USA Fifteen years in the writing, this long-awaited sequel to Badiou's landmark Being and Event (1988) should prove to be one of the most significant and controversial philosophical works of our time. Drawing on remarkable new developments in logic and mathematics, Logics of Worlds treats the ancient problem of the relation between being and appearance in a radically innovative way. In doing so, it answers one of the main questions posed by critics of Badiou's earlier work - that it lacked an adequately situated and nuanced understanding of the processes that lend any given situation its distinctive structure or shape. On the basis of this newly ramified onto-logical conception of things, it also reworks and renews Badiou's earlier theories of truth, subject, and event. Challenging but not obscure, eclectic but not digressive, Logics of Worlds is one of Badiou's most substantial and original books to date.' -- Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University ... [provides] a comprehensive understanding of the French author's philosophical views... Responding to the problems raised in postmodern French thought, Alain Badiou's book offers an original rational scenario of interpreting them in a new key. -- The European Legacy, Vol. 16, No. 4 Logiques des mondes - now translated as Logics of Worlds by Alberto Toscano, in a fine translation and timely publication - is Badiou's eagerly-awaited follow-up to Being and Event. Now, in Logics of Worlds Badiou provides a more complex framework within which to locate subjectivity. -- John McSweeney, Milltown Institute, Ireland (in Sofia Philosophical Review)
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