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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Email required Address never made public. Logics of Worlds delivers a powerful theory of the uncanny appearance of truths; a rigorous polemic against the tedious nominalist-historicist materialism of our day; and a phenomenology every bit as impressive as Badiou’s justly celebrated logivs.

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. By grasping the concepts, we can then also understand that mathematics is philosophical in its nature, although it is of a different kind. What is perhaps wonderful about Badiou’s approach, as well, is that he sidesteps the traditional jargon that Zizek has to deal with.

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

For Newtonians, this occult hypothesis is gravity. These non-classical logics can uniformly be understood as determined by total algebraic structures called Heyting algebras pp. The first is the question whether, for all of its rigorous and detailed formalism, Logics of Worlds actually succeeds in producing an improved understanding of those structures and relationships of “objective appearing” that are its central theoretical objects.

This insight is profound on its own, but Badiou misses stating it explicitly in his text because he is too enamored of his mathematical rigor: This move by 19th century mathematicians following Weierstrass’s reluctant but compelling argument for what eventually comes modern day set theory is thus taken as being unequivocally true by Badiou and absorbed into his approach.

Jul 23, J. Their sublime ability to create complex and yet fantastically concise occult hypothesis allows them the decompose and recompose with such sheer mastery that they have forgotten the reality of their own methods. Of course, he realizes this implicitly, but he does not seem to understand, as Karl Marx and Immanuel Kant did, that navigating the interstice is what brings a formalism its value.

By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While not all of the book succeeds, the parts that do make it an essential appendix it is fruitful to think of the entire thing as a long footnote to Being and Event.


Badiou proposes to replace this axiomatic of contemporary conviction with one that he calls, following Althusser, a “materialist dialectic”. Although the terminology echoes idealist theories from Kant to Husserl, Badiou emphasizes that in speaking of such structuring as “transcendental” he does not in any sense intend to give a theory of the transcendental subject. The book discloses Badiou’s world at the time of writing, and the structure of worlsd book as well as the copious and fo footnotes highlight the difference from Being and Event.

Jul 13, Charles rated it it was ok.

Nick rated it it was amazing Jul 26, If it’s been a while since reading it, it’s also worth revisiting “Theoretical Writings” or “Infinite Thought” as a refresher, then get stuck in. The relation between category theory and ontology is still being contested, and Badiou’s reading of the 3 kinds of logic is probably not the final world on the logical structure of different worlds.

Logics of Worlds

At the end of this book, he laments the dismissal of concepts, quoting Descartes that mathematics is eternal. What is a Body? Click here to sign bqdiou. In his approach here, Badiou continues to wrap different worlds as increasingly complex localizations that appear to one another, but in the process of doing so always presents it within an absolute envelope m that is routinely defined as the mode by wlrlds these different atoms can interrelate and be associated with one another.

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His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. Kant’s genius lay in realizing the synthetic nature of phenomenon. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Although our everyday struggles, for better conditions of work and pay, cannot create the conditions for a revolution to happen, they do not change the material base of our condition, but they do change our relation to this base.

Far from being an impenetrable trawl, it was an enlightening, engaging and exciting work that makes you feel like you’re really having a whole world opened up to you.

This systematic killer pursues, in the giant ant hills he constructs, interests of survival and satisfaction neither more nor less estimable than those of moles or tiger beetles… every life, including that of the human animal, is beneath Good and Evil. Badiou demonstrates these relationships in concreto by working out in detail several different examples of “worlds” and their phenomenal elements or objects in their degrees of intra-world existence: Badiou makes it clear that any real change must involve change at the ontological and phenomenological level: Return to Book Page.


Just as the almost deductive structure of Being and Event paralleled the argumentation, here when Badiou compares the book to a world, we know he is not exaggerating. Likewise, Marx explains exchange value through the various different use values of products: Chris Satoor rated it it was amazing May 31, The way that, as individuals, we relate to this ontological level is through the relation to the worlds in which we experience our existence.

Whereas, in Being and Event, the intervention is that of a subject in response to an event, I feel that in Logics of Worlds we can speak of an intervention of the individual, engaged in the critical project of revealing the material relations of production and productive forces; an ideological struggle that tenses a world.

To live is to live for an idea, for an individual to incorporate themself into a subjective body engaged in the production of truth that will radically change their world. Badiou can talk about past philosophers but not necessarily.

The introduction and first book make an exciting promise the rest of the book only partially lives up to. John rated it really liked it Feb 09, Books by Alain Badiou. It is a sign, as Lenin used to put it, that the revolution is on the agenda. Look, I really enjoy reading Badiou.

Since the publication of his magisterial Being and Eventwe have been impatient to see what could not be foreseen: What is weak about Badiou however, is that he adds little content to a situation. The structure of a topological space will seem familiar to anyone who has read Being and Event and recalls the fundamental relation between a set and the subsets of those sets, that of worls difference between belonging and inclusion.

Mediate the Emerging Mediator. The specific day-to-day struggle for specific bread-and-butter demands has value in itself, distinct from these overarching political themes.