By Christopher Norris
Alain Badiou's Being and occasion is the main unique and critical paintings of French philosophy to have seemed in fresh many years. it's the magnum opus of a philosopher who's generally thought of to have re-shaped the nature and set new phrases for the long run improvement of philosophy in France and somewhere else. This publication has been written greatly on the way to clarifying Badiou's complicated and significant paintings for non-specialist readers. It deals assistance on: - Philosophical and highbrow context - Key issues - interpreting the textual content - Reception and effect - additional analyzing
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Alain Badiou's Being and occasion is the main unique and critical paintings of French philosophy to have seemed in contemporary many years. it's the magnum opus of a philosopher who's broadly thought of to have re-shaped the nature and set new phrases for the longer term improvement of philosophy in France and in other places.
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2). That is to say, Badiou differs sharply with the mainstream analytic view that Heidegger’s way of framing this question – his distinction between Being and beings, or the ontological and the ontic – is just another species of ‘bewitchment by language’, a merely verbal confusion brought about by failing to apply certain nowadays basic logico-semantic distinctions. 10 Yet he will also have a good deal to say about the limits and the dangers of Heidegger’s thought, above all – here very much in accord with the analytic line of argument from Carnap down – as concerns its desire to elevate just those aspects or dimensions of poetic language that are taken as ‘ontologically’ prior to other modes of discourse, among them mathematics.
For it is this central claim that enables and motivates his appeal to mathematics as the basis of ontology and to ontology, in turn, as the basis for whatever we can justifiably assert concerning the truth-conditions for our various truth-apt statements, theories, hypotheses or conjectures. e. 24 The issue of philosophy versus the sophists, rhetoricians and cultural relativists is one that had its first airing in the dialogues of Plato where it typically came up in conjunction with other main themes of Badiou’s work.
After all, ‘[o]ne would thus count it [the multiple] as one and being would be lost again’, insofar as being is equated by Badiou with whatever eludes our best-present powers of cognitive grasp precisely on account of its having no place in the conceptual order laid down by the currently prevailing count-as-one. This is why, for set-theoretical purposes, ‘the prescription is . . totally implicit . . it operates such that it is only ever a matter of pure multiples, yet there is no defined concept of the multiple to be encountered anywhere’ (p.