Becoming involved in local efforts, campaigns for specific reform, or any form of charitable work, cannot be taken up with any sense that these activities are merely instrumental for some future revolution, and only logicz in relation to such an event. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. This book opens a number of fruitful sorlds for further thinking. What is not discussed is the possibility of transforming an atonic world into a tensed world, words simply changing the relation woglds the transcendental world of appearance and its ontological base. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.

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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. 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.

Now in paperback, the book is accessible to a wider audience. Table of contents I. What is a Body? 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. 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. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.



Reviewed by Paul M. Livingston, University of New Mexico If it is reasonable to hope that the current moment in philosophy may ultimately represent one of transition, from the divided remnants of the still enduring "split" between "analytic" and "continental" philosophy to some form or forms of twenty-first century philosophy that is no longer recognizably either or is both , it seems likely as well that the thought and work of Alain Badiou can play a key role in articulating this much needed transition. To this end, in Being and Event, Badiou developed an elaborate and innovative theory of formal ontology based on mathematical structures, in particular that of mathematical set theory on its standard, ZFC axiomatization. This allowed Badiou to theorize what he there called the "event", the paradoxical occurrence that, by locally suspending the fundamental axioms normally governing the appearance of any object or entity as such, allows essentially new groupings, indiscernible by means of the resources of the existing situation, suddenly to appear and work their transformative effects. Although the underlying apparatus is once again drawn from mathematical formalism, the sociopolitical implications of such possibilities of change are also, once again, very much to the fore. Indeed, in its "Preface", Badiou presents the whole argument of Logics of Worlds as part of an attempt to theorize what escapes the assumptions of contemporary "natural belief", what he sees as the confining dogmas of postmodern relativism and conventionalism pp. Such views, Badiou thinks, can ultimately yield only a monotonous regime of "democratic materialism" that, in seeing all cultures and their claims as on a level, forecloses both any possibility of real development and any effective intervention to produce fundamental change pp.





Logics of Worlds


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