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Being and Event


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Alain Badiou is one of France's most important contemporary philosophers. He teaches at the Ecole Normale Superleure and the College International de Philosophie in Paris. Oliver Feltham, the translator, teaches literature and theatre at Ecole Massillon, Paris.


' Badiou has a large and ambitious system, and in Being and Event he gives it its most comprehensive exposition.' Hugh Lawson-Tancred, The Liberal, March 2009
'A significant book, one which one cannot fail to find staggering.' Jean Francois-Lyotard
'One of the most important philosophers writing today.' Joan Copjec
'Being and Event is one of the most significant texts in recent European thought ... This is Badiou's magnum opus.' Keith Ansell Pearson, Univeristy of Warwick
"Oliver Feltham's long-awaited translation of "Being and Event "has finally made Badiou's seminal work available to English-speaking readers. This is a major publishing event." Dan Smith, Purdue University
'A book of exceptional scope and rare courage of thought that tackles the whole of Philosophy, from Parmenides to Heidegger.' Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
''Being and Event', here translated from the French by Feltham, is evidence of Badiou's engagement across a range of critical disciplines within the Western intellectual tradition.' Tim Huntley, Flux Magazine, 01/09/2006
."...The payoff for working through Badiou's text is nothing less than a revitalization of philosophy.... the publication of Being and Event itself is precisely what Badiou means when he writes of an 'event' something that disrupts the current situation.... And for those who may be interested by Deleuze but are wedded to more traditionally analytic ways of writing: Badiou's writing is often praised for its clarity and in many ways it mimes the economy of analytic philosophy, avoiding the obscurity (while preserving the density) of many of his French contemporaries.... While he is not immune to some amount of obscurity in some others of his writings, Being and Event certainly cannot be so faulted. At worst one might fault the author for demanding too much of his reader; but if this be a fault it is an admirable one to have, since it is a rare author indeed who can make such a demand." -Michael Kim, The Symptom, Online Journal for Lacan.com
"To describe Being and Event as a difficult text would be an understatement. However, for all of its fearsomeness, Badiou is a kind an patient teacher, leading the reader through both the intricacies of set theory and the history of philosophy with a calm and steady hand...Originally published in France in 1988, Being and Event is without a doubt Badiou's magnum opus....Throughout Being and Event Badiou proposes intricate yet extremely bold conceptions of the categories of being, the event, the subject, and truth, inaugurating a new idea of philosophy itself, though he claims that there is nothing in his analysis that can't already be found in the history of philosophy and mathematics...Whether Badiou takes credit for it or not, it is clear that Being and Event brilliantly performs this synthesis of philosophy and mathematics against a backdrop of a theoretical environment grown stale with in-fighting and a debilitating fear of grand ideas. Badiou's Being and Event lays waste to that timidity with an astonishing force." -Nina Power, Philosophy in Review

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