- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826467245
- ISBN-13: 978-0826467249
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The second chapter is the best and most deeply subversive new piece of philosophy I've read in a quarter century." -- Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Alain Badiou teaches at the École Normale Supérieure and at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, France. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Being and Event (also available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series).--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Badiou is both a critic of these traditions and in some sense continues these traditions. His presumptions on the question of the subject (as consituted rather than constituting), etc., remain quite post-structuralist. His basic system of 'situation' and 'event' makes it seem as if humans respond only in fidelity to events and the situation as such cannot directly elicit a response without reference to an event. And it does not resolve how a subject is consituted by fidelity of response when the fidelity of response itself presupposes a subject.
Yet his philosophical ontology based on set theory is welcome and refreshing. And above all his open-minded humility towards inquiry makes him a stark contrast to dogmatically minded 'endists' of all hues who have permeated much of conteporary discourse.
The essays in the book do not form a system or a whole, but references to his basic philosophical system based on the theory of sets abound. His elaboration of concepts of situation and event based on set theory and his new theory of subjectivity as fidelity of response, in spite of its logical shortcomings open the way for the ethical and political which recent French philosophy had almost closed.
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