Being and Event Hardcover – 23 Feb 2006
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'A book of exceptional scope and rare courage of thought that tackles the whole of Philosophy, from Parmenides to Heidegger.' -- Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
'A significant book, one which one cannot fail to find staggering.' -- Jean Francois-Lyotard
'Being and Event is one of the most significant texts in recent European thought ... This is Badiou's magnum opus.' -- Keith Ansell Pearson, Univeristy of Warwick
'One of the most important philosophers writing today.' -- Joan Copjec
About the Author
Alain Badiou is one of France's most important contemporary philosophers. He teaches at the Ecole Normale Superleure and the College International de Philosophie in Paris. Oliver Feltham, the translator, teaches literature and theatre at Ecole Massillon, Paris.
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I'm not entirely convinced that ontology is inscribed by mathematics and, set theory in particular - but it is a fascinating theoretical concept: that mathematical thought is the thought of being. Interestingly Badiou manages to link Parmenides to Being through Set Theory. Personally, I like the idea but think the mathematics Badious wants has yet to be created - still it is a bold step.
The idea that aside from Being there are Events which irrupt out of the void of Being, the uncounted, the glossed over, This again has tremendous intellectual force but Badiou, I think, succeeds in introducing the conception but I don't think his limited materialistic position does full justice and it will wait for a future philosopher to take this idea further and truly bring out its revolutionary forice.
All of this sounds negative but it isn't. Badiou is a much needed French counterpoint to the excesses of postmodernism and his return to Plato - again rather distorted and muddled - is worthy of thought.
In all honest you should read Heidegger's Being and Time and sidestep the deconstructionist tradition that has stolen him. Badiou is a good follow on from Heidegger in that respect.