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Alain Badiou
Philosophy and Its Conditions
Alain Badiou
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Gabriel Riera - Edited and with an introduction by
SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory
Price: $89.50 
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: August 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6503-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6503-5

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Paperback - 288 pages
Release Date: August 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6504-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6504-2

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Summary

An introduction to Badiou's philosophical thought and its implications for other humanistic disciplines and the social sciences.

There is little doubt that Alain Badiou is one of the most challenging and controversial figures in contemporary philosophy. This volume of essays brings together leading commentators from both sides of the Atlantic to provide an introduction to Badiou's work through critical studies of his more productive and controversial ideas.

Over the course of three decades, his numerous and extensive texts have challenged traditional views on ontology, mathematics, aesthetics, literature, politics, ethics, philosophy, and sexual difference. His texts on Plato, Saint Paul, Pascal, Lacan, Althusser, Heidegger, Mallarme, Pessoa, and Beckett are among the most perceptive and penetrating essays on contemporary philosophical and literary culture. In addition to providing insight into the basic conceptual apparatus of Badiou's philosophy, the essays also offer a more substantial critical assessment of the import of his main theses for different disciplines.

"This work will put readers of English into the swirl of new and forceful currents of continental philosophy." — Tom Conley, Harvard University

"This collection of essays is very timely, given the recent upsurge of interest in the work of Alain Badiou in America. A book such as this can make a much-needed contribution to the growing discourse on Badiou." — Kenneth Reinhard, coauthor of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis

Contributors include Bruno Bosteels, Ray Brassier, Joan Copjec, Simon Critchley, Miguel de Beistegui, Juliet Flower MacCannell, Pierre Macherey, Norman Madarasz, Tracy McNulty, Jean-Michel Rabate, and Gabriel Riera.

Gabriel Riera is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction. Alain Badiou: The Event of Thinking
Gabriel Riera

PART I. MATHEMATICS = ONTOLOGY

1. On Alain Badiou’s Treatment of Category Theory in View of a Transitory Ontology
Norman Madarasz

2. The Ontological Dispute: Badiou, Heidegger, and Deleuze
Miguel de Beistegui

PART II. THE POEM

3. For an “Ethics of Mystery”: Philosophy and the Poem
Gabriel Riera

4. Unbreakable B’s: From Beckett and Badiou to the Bitter End of Affirmative Ethics
Jean-Michel Rabaté

5. The Mallarmé of Alain Badiou
Pierre Macherey

PART III. LOVE (Philosophy and Psychoanalysis)

6. Gai Savoir Sera: The Science of Love and the Insolence of Chance
Joan Copjec

7. Alain Badiou: Philosophical Outlaw
Juliet Flower MacCannell

8. Feminine Love and the Pauline Universal
Tracy McNulty

PART IV. POLITICS AND ETHICS

9. On the Ethics of Alain Badiou
Simon Critchley

10. Can Change Be Thought?: A Dialogue with Alain Badiou
Bruno Bosteels

Bibliography
Contributors
Index


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