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Alain Badiou is arguably the most original and influential philosopher working in France today. Working against the tide of postmodern orthodoxy, Badiou revitalizes philosophy's perennial attempt to provide a systematic theory of truth.

Theoretical Writings presents, in Badiou's own words, 'the theoretical core of [his] Philosophy'. Beginning with the controversial assertion that ontology is mathematics, the chapters step the reader through his key concepts of being, subject and truth via startling re-readings of canonical figures including Spinoza, Kant and Hegel and engagements with poetry, psychoanalysis and radical politics. Theoretical Writings is an indispensable introduction to one of the great thinkers of our time.

Author: Badiou Alain
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781474234115
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2015

Editor's Note

Author's Preface

Part I. Mathematics is Ontology

1. Mathematics and Philosophy

2. Philosophy and Mathematics

3. The Question of Being

4. TodayPlatonism and the Philosophy of Mathematics

5. The Being of Number

6. One, Multiple, Multiplicities

7. Spinoza?s Closed Ontology

Part II. The Subtraction of Truth

8. The Event as Trans-Being

9. On Subtraction

10. Truth: Forcing and the Unnameable

11. Kant?s Subtractive Ontology

12. Eight Theses on the Universal

13. Politics as a Truth Procedure

Part III. Logics of Appearance

14. Being and Appearance

15. Notes Toward a Thinking of Appearance

16. The Transcendental

17. Hegel and the Whole

18. Language, Thought, Poetry




Alain Badiou, former Maoist and political activist, is a philosopher, mathematician and novelist. He lives in Paris.

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