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Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham

By Oliver Feltham

Alain Badiou is unquestionably the main intriguing and influential voice in modern French philosophy and the most vital theorists at paintings this day. His effect on continental philosophy and the broader philosophy neighborhood, politics and the humanities within the final two decades has been monstrous.

Alain Badiou: stay concept deals a concise and available creation to his paintings and idea, laying out the imperative subject matters of his significant works, together with his magnum opus, Being and occasion, and its long-awaited sequel, Logics of Worlds. Oliver Feltham explores the basic questions by which Badiou's philosophy continually evolves, identifies the major turning issues in his rules, and makes a transparent case for the coherence and strong singularity of his suggestion whilst hired within the research of political and inventive events. Feltham examines the thinkers and theorists with whom Badiou has engaged and who've engaged with him, arguing that Badiou's paintings is compelling accurately since it opens up new genealogies and new polemics within the highbrow panorama. The ebook contains a fresh interview with Badiou, within which he discusses his present matters and destiny plans.

This is the best better half to review for college students and readers encountering this interesting philosopher for the 1st time.

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Note that this presents an inversion of the vulgar empiricist use of the term model: it is not the formal theory which is the model but rather its semantic interpretation in terms of a set of scientific objects; that is, a particular field of scientifically measured phenomena is said to model the theory. Badiou does not critique logical positivism for its use of the concept of model; he simply explains it and then formulates a mild objection; this modern intra-logical apparatus is thus used to restitute an older philosophical and empiricist dichotomy between formal science and experimental science.

Althusser identifies a further rival – the mechanist model of change – in which change also occurs as the result of something external, but this time it is a multiplicity of forces that are not unified into a single agent endowed with intention; the consequent change is arbitrary. In contrast, Althusser prescribes an immanent model: one in which the motor of change resides within that which undergoes change. When Badiou reconstructs Althusser’s theory the location of an immanent concrete agent of change forms a major concern: he calls it the problem of structural causality (RM, 449).

It begins at the beginning and attempts to briefly – first impossibility – restitute the initial context of Badiou’s work: Althusser’s distinction of historical materialism and dialectical materialism, and of science and ideology; and Jacques-Alain Miller’s critique of Frege’s foundation of arithmetic. A long introduction would restore the place of Sartre and Bachelard in Badiou’s philosophical ancestry, and reconstruct his complex relation to the dominant intellectual movement of the time, structuralism, not to mention his all too brief naming of respectable adversaries in the persons of Quine and Carnap.

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