DOWNLOAD Logics of Worlds is the sequel to Alain Badiou’s much-heralded masterpiece, Being and Event. Tackling the questions that had. Villanova New Encounters in French and Italian Thought (Dr. Brian A. Smith, University of Dundee) The Life of the Individual in Badiou’s Logics of Worlds. LOGICS OF WORLDS. Page 1. Page 2. Also available from Continuum: Being and Event, Alain Badiou Conditions, Alain Badiou Inﬁnite Thought.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From the world of our lived experience we need to have access to the actual structure of the material base. Necessary for the recovery of points is the Axiom of Choice, or principals that are equivalent to it.
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Accordingly, in the realm of appearances, there are degrees of bsdiou and of “identity” between two objects, and even greater or lesser degrees of identity between an object and itself pp.
Having sublimated the formalisms of mathematics into philosophical thought, Badiou would introduce to us a more specific and thus generalized logic on which to understand the various collections and connections we witness in our everyday lives. Tackling the questions that had been left open by Being and Event, and answering many of his critics in the process, Badiou supplements his pioneering treatment of multiple being with a daring and complex theory of the worlds in which truths and baxiou make their mark – what he calls a materialist dialectic.
In wolds to increase the likelihood that an event, should it occur, would be visible within our world and capable of sustaining a revolutionary subjective body, we need a world that emphasises the materiality of our existence; the links to the ontological 10 Logics of Worlds, p.
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John rated it really liked it Feb 09, The central gambit — the use of mathematical formalism to theorize the very definition and limits of what can appear, and thus to capture the possibility of the radically new coming to light — is certainly both interesting and innovative.
So what is the source of the real change that certain worlds undergo? While not all of the book succeeds, the parts that do make it an essential appendix it is fruitful to think of the entire thing as a long footnote to Being and Event. Without going into detail, the postulate of materialism states that for every ontological multiple that appears in a phenomenological world, all of the elements of that multiple also appear as atoms basic elements of appearance, and that all such atoms of appearance in a world are, likewise, linked to a unique element of an ontological multiple.
Simon Lasair rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Matthew Cole rated it it was amazing Sep 06, There are worlds that are insufficiently structured to allow us to recover their material base, but from a mathematical perspective this is not seen as a problem, and is perhaps even desirable.
He terms the specific structure determining these logical relationships and intensities of existence for a particular world its “transcendental”.
Having gone this far in the review, I do wish to pull back a little and return to the material dialectic. To this end, whil On the onset, Badiou’s materialist dialectic logicz fairly obscure. Now in paperback, the book is accessible to a wider audience. Kant’s genius lay in realizing the synthetic nature of phenomenon. One breaks down a situation into constituent atoms and then patches those atoms back together to come up with a composite world.
This vector of transformation is, for Badiou, always woflds. Thus, Logics of Badou ends up becoming, despite some great parts, precisely the kind of removed-from-reality project this kind of speculative ontology can and will become so that, by the standards of Badiou’s own political tradition, it falls flat.
Logics of Worlds: Being and Event II: Alain Badiou: Bloomsbury Academic
Another fruitful approach would be to read the concept of world in the history of philosophy and social theory, along with the evolution in the badou of social relations linking it to a Marxist problematic. Both in Badiou’s magnum opus, Being and Event and its new sequel, Logics of Worldsthe result is a kind of paradoxical formalism of the limits of formalism itself, striking a sometimes uneasy balance between the inveterate tendency of analytic thought to seek formal solutions for theoretical problems of epistemology and metaphysics, and that of continental thought to seek the solution to what are seen as more-than-theoretical problems of social and political praxis in the kinds of liberation that may occur outside the “closed” regime of all that is calculable or tractable by formal systems.
And this is mostly quite enjoyable Badiou.
This underlying identity of phenomenal objects and badoou multiplicities leads to pf primary innovation of Logics of Worlds ‘ new theorization of evental hadiou They are hypnotized by their own defined immanence, forgetting that even in this present world there are points that lie outside of the rigor of their own presentations. These are, remember, not appearances-to-a-subject or even appearances as structured or determined by conventional decision or by a contingent language community, but rather “objective” appearings to no one in particular, llogics rigidly disjoined from the “ontological” reality of things as they are in themselves.
For Badiou the Axiom of Choice is the mathematical idea of intervention. It’s going to be a long journey, but worth it. Badiou can talk about past philosophers but not necessarily.
Now, having explained the value of this formalistic surjection, Badiou misses the fact that the immanence of his theory is useless in itself even though he was compelled to introduce it as a stand-alone 4th book.
Along similar lines, the theory of transcendentals shows in rigorous detail the formal connection to Heyting algebras and particular generally non-classical logics, but nothing in this elaborate theory seems to explain how the transcendentals and logics actually come to structure the worlds to which they apply, worldw to what they owe their force in governing these relations of appearing and “intensities” of existence.
The book culminates in an impassioned call to ‘live for an Idea’.