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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Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, 2 by Alain Badiou

Tackling the questions that had been left open by Being and Eventand 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 subjects make their mark – what he calls a materialist dialectic.

This is the question of the extent to which the elaborate formal apparatus that Badiou develops in both books in fact supports the militant political doctrines of evental change and generic Truth that underlie his more polemic claims, both with respect to existing philosophical projects and the larger socio-political situation.

Indeed, by steadfastly avoiding describing the structuration of appearances as in any way dependent on structures within us or created by us, he aims to break entirely with all forms of idealism. Indeed, insofar as Badiou’s theory of evental change in both books demands that the event, if it is to be truly transformative, amounts to the sudden, unpredictable advent to appearance of a kind of phenomenon that could not possibly be discerned within the previously existing situation, it seems to deprive us of the possibility of anticipating, even in vague outline, these possibilities of radical change or locating their likely sites of appearance until after the event.

Thus, Logics of Worlds 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.

What is it to live? In fact, Badiou’s method is not an explanation what so ever, even though he mistakes his method for Truth which ought to be the explanation. And while he states early on that there is no Being that covers all being, like there is no Body that can cover all, I do not think he realizes that by sublimating presentation as a formalization within these sets, he IS able to step outside of the pure multiples themselves and wrap all of being as only that which appears under immanence.

Much of this terminology is familiar from Being and Event ‘s theory of radical, evental change, and Badiou’s aim here is not so much to alter that theory in any fundamental way as to remedy certain deficiencies he now sees in it. For me, that’s a key aspect to start with. 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 world of social relations linking it to a Marxist problematic.

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.


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The Postulate of Materialism One of the stated aims of Logics of Worlds is to bring a greater depth to what Badiou called the structure of a situation in Being and Event.

Jul 13, Charles rated it it was ok.

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What is weak about Badiou however, is that he adds little content to a situation. Badiou’s rejection of Deleuzian immanence is contradictory to his attempt to accept a pure Transcendental qua Eternal Truth. Any such position, he avers, will fail to grasp the objectivity of what is phenomenal within a world, the capability of objects to appear and take on their distinctive degrees of existence without any contribution whatsoever from the “human animal”.

One of the purposes of setting these worlds in a more general framework is to allow for the possibility of worlds without points, or with fewer points than is necessary to sustain a unique link to an original set, as you find in basic topology.

Un fortunately, Deleuzean language either leads people to reject it outright as being non-knowledge, as there is no “point” by which one can make lofics or tails of it, books which review Deleuze and only write about a few of his concepts as though this is the great aspect that is to be gleamed or books which abandon Deleuze but are “about” Deleuze and seek to create baidou own immanence.


No trivia or quizzes yet. At the end of this book, he laments the dismissal of concepts, quoting Descartes that mathematics is eternal. Dan Blackaby rated it really liked it Apr 27, Either a world has sufficient points such that it could support a revolutionary body, capable of incorporating the changes that worlrs event makes possible, or it does not.

One creates knowledge only when one can mark it, that is, surjectively translate it into a point. Notify me of new posts via email. Tom rated it really liked it Aug 02, The book discloses Badiou’s world at the time of writing, and the structure of the book as well as the copious logicw fascinating footnotes highlight the difference from Being and Event. The individual becomes a faithful subject by becoming a finite portion worles an infinite truth procedure.

While he dismisses Kant in badiu book, he misses Kant’s greater understanding. Dec 12, J. Follow SubSense on WordPress. Each such ontological base is capable of supporting an infinite number of worlds, so the existence of a specific world cannot be derived from its base, but the fundamental material nature of that world is determined in the last instance by its base.

And sometimes I tend to sympathize with my colleagues who focus on analytic philosophy and their complaint though it’s not always fair that most continental philosophy is just psychobabble designed to seem profound and trick people into lauding it as the new philosophy. Badiou’s own method of formalizing a transcendental envelope is predicated on the minimum gesture of negation of a missing piece.

Far from being an impenetrable trawl, it was an enlightening, engaging and exciting work ot makes you feel wolds you’re really having a whole world opened up to you. As stated in his Critique of Pure Reason: From the world of our lived experience we need to have access to the actual structure of the material base.


Part of Badiou’s genius, especially with this previous book to this, the first Being and Event relied on his insight that mathematics at its root was conceptual, not formal despite how we in post-industrial education are introduced to mathematics, as pure formalism. For if reflection on formalisms and their limits does indeed represent as it seems to a fitting topic for at least part of what philosophy is on the way to becoming in the twenty-first century, then Badiou’s rigorous constructions and imaginative applications will be worthy of study and critical reflection for years to come.

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In order 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. Badiou is thus able to theorize using category theory the phenomenal structure within appearance of what are also already according to Being and Event thinkable using set theory as sets or multiplicities within being itself.

This misses the point as both he and Deleuze understand that negation is not a rebuke of a logic but rather the emphasis of a missing totality. That’s another thing that I’m not sure he always gets enough credit for: In fact, Weierstrass’s genius at the end of the 19th century relied on solidifying what Descartes started: Nevermind the fact that such methodology did not exist for all time, and that the formalism of our own knowledge is a fragmentary creation of the conditions of what we accept to be knowledge.

Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, 2

The relation between the worlds of appearance and their ontological base is given by the postulate of materialism, which Badiou introduces in Book III of Logics of Worlds, giving us a guide to recovering the real material base or structure of our world. The theories of points and bodies, in the same vein, flesh out the skeleton present in his earlier works.

On the one hand, Badiou understands that his philosophy only has value if he is able to connect it to real-life situations thus his talking about life and death but on the other hand, he wishes for the most obscure concepts in order to be recognized with his heroes, as a philosopher.

Logics of Worlds is the long-awaited sequel to Alain Badiou’s much-heralded masterpiece, Being and Event. And this is mostly quite enjoyable Badiou. Drawing on remarkable new developments in logic and mathematics, Logics of Worlds treats the ancient problem of the relation between being words appearance in a radically innovative way.

Now in paperback, the book is accessible to a wider audience. So read, and my it help you, too, find ways to live for an Idea, and to identify a Truth to which you can maintain your fidelity.

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