Mathematics of the Transcendental

2014.09.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, Mathematics of the Transcendental, A. J. Bartlett and Alex Ling (trs.), Bloomsbury, 2014, 282pp., $29.95 (hbk),
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2014.09.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alain Badiou, Mathematics of the Transcendental, A. J. Bartlett and Alex Ling (trs.), Bloomsbury, 2014, 282pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781441189240. Reviewed by Colin McLarty, Case Western Reserve University This book is a translation of notes that Badiou has not published in the original French. He circulated photocopies in his seminars in the 1990s as he began confronting category theory as a possible rival to the set theoretic mathematics he takes as ontology. When the Melbourne Badiou Reading Group began studying the notes in 2010, they began a translation, which Badiou allowed A. J. Bartlett and Alex Ling to complete and publish. As such the book is not an introduction to Badiou. It is a resource for going deeply into his other works that were written for publication. A one sentence review suffices from that viewpoint: To study the background of Badiou's ontology since the 1980s, especially his idea of. . .

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