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'This time it's true; this really IS the book we have been waiting for. Since the publication of his magisterial Being and Event, we have been impatient to see what could not be foreseen: the way worlds look, according to Badiou. Logics of Worlds delivers a powerful theory of the uncanny appearance of truths; a rigorous polemic against the tedious nominalist-historicist materialism of our day; and a phenomenology every bit as impressive as Badiou's justly celebrated ontology.' --Professor Joan Copjec, University At Buffalo, USA

'Fifteen years in the writing, this long-awaited sequel to Badiou's landmark Being and Event (1988) should prove to be one of the most significant and controversial philosophical works of our time. Drawing on remarkable new developments in logic and mathematics, Logics of Worlds treats the ancient problem of the relation between being and appearance in a radically innovative way. In doing so, it answers one of the main questions posed by critics of Badiou's earlier work - that it lacked an adequately situated and nuanced understanding of the processes that lend any given situation its distinctive structure or shape. On the basis of this newly ramified onto-logical conception of things, it also reworks and renews Badiou's earlier theories of truth, subject, and event. Challenging but not obscure, eclectic but not digressive, Logics of Worlds is one of Badiou's most substantial and original books to date.' --Peter Hallward, Professor Of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

'... [provides] a comprehensive understanding of the French author's philosophical views... Responding to the problems raised in postmodern French thought, Alain Badiou's book offers an original rational scenario of interpreting them in a new key. -- The European Legacy, Vol. 16, No. 4 Logiques des mondes - now translated as Logics of Worlds by Alberto Toscano, in a fine translation and timely publication - is Badiou's eagerly-awaited follow-up to Being and Event. Now, in Logics of Worlds Badiou provides a more complex framework within which to locate subjectivity.' -- John McSweeney, Milltown Institute, Ireland (In Sofia Philosophical Review) Reviewed in Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.

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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.

Alberto Toscano is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor and translator, with Ray Brassier, of Alain Badiou's Theoretical Writings (London: Continuum, 2004).

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