Alain Badiou is arguably the most important and original philosopher working in France today. Swimming against the tide of postmodern orthodoxy, Badiou's thought revitalizes philosophy's perennial attempt to provide a systematic theory of truth.
This volume, assembled with the collaboration of the author, presents for the first time in English a comprehensive outline of Badiou's ambitious system. Starting from the controversial assertion that ontology is mathematics, this volume sets out the theory of the emergence of truths from the singular relationship between a subject and an event. Also included is a substantial excerpt from Badiou's forthcoming work on the logics of appearance and the concept of world, presented here in advance of its French publication.
Ranging from startling re-readings of canonical figures (Spinoza, Kant and Hegel) to decisive engagements with poetry, psychoanalysis and radical politics, Theoretical Writings is an indispensable introduction to one of the great thinkers of time.
The volume includes a preface by Alain Badiou, an extensive editors' introduction, and a glossary of key terms.
Theoretical Writings provides an overview of Badiou s major concepts, including being, the event and truth, and draws on unpublished manuscripts What makes Badiou a challenging figure is his insistence on the irreducible multiplicity of truths, encountered between philosophy, and science, art, politics and love. De Philosophia, 2004