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Alain Badiou's Being and Event is the main unique and critical paintings of French philosophy to have seemed in fresh a long time. it's the magnum opus of a philosopher who's broadly thought of to have re-shaped the nature and set new phrases for the long run improvement of philosophy in France and in different places. This ebook has been written a great deal so that it will clarifying Badiou's advanced and critical paintings for non-specialist readers. It deals tips on philosophical and highbrow context, key subject matters, examining the textual content, reception and effect; and extra studying.
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BEING: MULTIPLE AND VOID. PLATO/CANTOR 1. 1 For Badiou, conversely, this is a work whose ‘revolving doors . . introduce us to the singular joy of never seeing the moment of conclusion arrive’ (p. 23). That is to say, this is a thoroughly aporetic dialogue, one that fails to reach any decisive or definitive conclusion not through some weakness, dialectical wrong turn or argumentative path not taken but rather through inherent complications in its subjectmatter that would have to wait more than two millennia before mathematicians and logicians came up with the conceptual means to handle them.
This is why he insists on reopening those questions from Plato that can now be seen, as a result of recent mathematical advances, to belong among the most potentially fruitful topics but also to the problems most frequently ignored, suppressed or finessed by thinkers in Plato’s wake. Thus Badiou follows Plato’s example in making mathematics the basis of ontology, ontology the starting point of all genuinely truth-seeking enquiry, and this Parmenidean/Platonic issue of the one and the many a privileged means of access to the questions thus posed for philosophical thought.
For it is just Badiou’s point – one that will again strike many philosophers as involving a massive category-mistake or a wildly promiscuous conflation of disparate realms – that those epochal developments in set theory must properly entail a radical revision of existing concepts not only with regard to mathematics, logic and the formal and physical sciences but also as concerns every aspect of our social, political and personal (or inter-personal) lives. ’ Badiou would, I think, respond with three answers in ascending order of specificity or importance to his own project.