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  • Series: Reader's Guides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826498299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826498298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'With exemplary elegance and acumen, the book clarifies, explicates and makes accessible, without hint of reduction, the thought og this most compelling, but difficult, of contemporary thinkers ... Everyone engaged in contemporary philosophy or theory should read this book.' — Professor Patricia Waugh, Durham University, UK


'Norris approaches the task of reading Being and Event in a refreshingly straightforward way.' - Marx & Philosophy Review of Books


'Norris approaches the task of reading Being and Event in a refreshingly straightforward way.’ - Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

About the Author

Christopher Norris is the author of numerous books on aspects of philosophy, critical theory, and modern intellectual history. He is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff and has taught at many universities in India, Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada, China, the US, and elsewhere.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Chris Norris on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This open-access reviewing thing on Amazon is all very nice and democratic but wide open to abuse, as Peter Frank's `review' makes clear, by people who want to work off some obscure private grudge or just be nasty for the hell of it. The trouble is that it offers a splendid chance for anyone to say whatever they like about any book they like (or don't like) without the least effort to substantiate their claims. Mr Frank's self-confessed outburst of spleen merely shows that he has read neither my book nor Badiou's Being and Event. (In fact this is the most charitable supposition since otherwise - if he had read them - then his comments would betray an extraordinary failure of basic comprehension and hence a total lack of fitness to pronounce on such matters.) Of course it is good for readers to have their say but not if this provides a handy platform for those who wish to vent their feelings of inchoate rage on whatever book lies closest to hand or happens to provoke their wrath.

I have no wish to engage Mr Frank on the issue of Badiou's philosophical achievement, or the depth and acuity of his mathematical thought, or the significance of his work in philosophic terms. Nor do I want to defend my book against charges that are never spelled out beyond the level of playground abuse or juvenile name-calling. What I do want to say is that there is something wrong - something basically unethical - about a forum of public exchange that allows anyone a chance to sound off in the most abusive, ignorant and malevolent way about books which have cost their authors a great deal of effort and which the sounder-off may not have read, or else have read with certain very fixed negative preconceptions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Papastephanou on May 29, 2010
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Not Just A Reader's Guide: a review of C. Norris's Badiou's Being and Event
by Dr Marianna Papastephanou
Associate Prof of Philosophy, University of Cyprus, Department of Education

Badiou's work has been heralded in contemporary philosophical contexts as a provocative, topical, versatile and insightful intervention in both time-honoured and present-day debates. With his new book Badiou's Being and Event, Christopher Norris's makes a central part of Badiou's work (namely his lengthy and dense Being and Event) extremely accessible to readers without for a minute compromising the commitment to high levels of originality, accuracy, thoroughness and lucidity. Norris's book enriches the Badiou literature in an exceptionally methodical, reflective and masterful way. In the hands of many contemporary thinkers, a readers' guide, despite good intentions, often remains just an uninspiring perfunctory commentary. But in the hands of Norris, it becomes an indispensable piece of prolegomena and, much more than that, it becomes a most welcome interpretation of Badiou that goes beyond the merely exegetical. Surely it offers a powerful, wonderfully written exploration of crucial notions and terms of the Badiouian idiom such as "forcing", "singularity", "evental site" etc. But it also is refreshing in many other respects.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Grigg on May 22, 2012
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This was an amazingly helpful book. Definitely worth it if you have any interest in Badiou, Mathematics, Ontology, Leftist studies.
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7 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Peter Benjamin Frank on January 25, 2010
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Norris' book is nice because it is a final, fully rigorous proof that we can ignore Badiou, that is, beyond the need to familiarize ourselves with academic fads. Norris likes to write long, poorly composed sentences. As is true with many books published by Continuum, this readers guide could have used a good editor. Take _Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace_ or Lanham's _Revising Prose_ and use Norris' book as workbook for improving nasty, badly coordinated sentences. But even if you can get beyond Norris' inability to write a plain English sentence (I did), you will find that Badiou's work is not worth following. His mathematic metaphors for politics, art, and love are silly. Ultimately, Badiou's philosophy attempts to explain how new things happen, a problem left over from his days studying with Althusser. But Badiou went even farther down the misguided road Althusser was following, mistaking bad, "theoretical" language for insight. If Badiou wants to talk about how new things happen (events, in his terminology), let him say it. His math, as most mathematicians point out, is a joke. In this work, Norris demonstrates two things: 1. He can't write. 2. His subject was not worth the inquiry. Norris has written many books, but from his earliest work on Derrida to today, he has been moved only by current theoretical fancy. He lacks individual depth but rides instead on academia's faddish chatter.
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