Badiou's Being and Event and the Mathematics of Set Theory

2015.08.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Burhanuddin Baki, Badiou's Being and Event and the Mathematics of Set Theory, Bloomsbury, 2015, 273pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Burhanuddin Baki, Badiou's Being and Event and the Mathematics of Set Theory, Bloomsbury, 2015, 273pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472524454. Reviewed by Paul M. Livingston, University of New Mexico Alain Badiou's ontological thought inherits the preoccupation, characteristic of much recent continental philosophy (from Heidegger, Sartre, and Adorno to Derrida, Levinas, and Deleuze), with the difference between the static and regular order of self-identical being, and whatever unpredictably exceeds, surprises, or disrupts this order, leading to its possible transformation. But what distinguishes Badiou's thought in this context, and also secures its relevance to concerns historically typical of analytic philosophy, is his provocative and rigorous use of mathematical formalism to theorize this difference. In his 1988 masterpiece Being and Event, Badiou applies the apparatus of set theory to model both the. . .

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