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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular phenomenon, 26 May 2009
This review is from: Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, 2: Being and Event II (Hardcover)
After a long wait the English translation of the Logics of Worlds is available. And there is no doubt it was worth it. Although the subtitle 'Being and Event II' seems like a bit of a marketing gimmick, it at least makes clear that this is Badiou's first great book since B&E; maybe his last too.

Whereas B&E was a study of ontology and 'inconsistent multiplicity' the Logics of Worlds focuses on phenomenology, or as Badiou terms it: how things 'appear'. This means his use of mathematics is more arbitrary than in B&E. In 'volume I' the unfolding of his meta-ontology tracked the devastating consequences in the grounding and axiomisation of set-theory in the 19th/20th century; instead, in the Logics of Worlds the historicity of the mathematics is absent and Badiou simply seeks to utilize mathematical logic to explain how 'worlds' come to consist, or how order prevails in the phenomenological realm.

The most interesting shift is thus towards eternal logics: from the pseudo-Platonism of B&E to something close to a full-blown reworking of the Platonic forms here. Badiou also re-appropriates and contorts many philosophical terms and debates: negation becomes 'reversal' for instance.

The Logics of Worlds is a compelling and precarious endeavor, full of potential pitfalls and aporias. Yet what is truly refreshing is the intent of the book. Unlike so much of what passes as philosophy nowadays - popular whimsy, dry analytical textbooks, defeatist anti-philosophy; this is an adventurous and brave work of philosophy that takes many risks and is obviously the result of decades of thought and study.

In other words, like Being and Event the Logics of Worlds is as much a spectacular phenomenon as a book as it is a passage through to the higher realm of Ideas.
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