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Badiou and indifferent being : a critical introduction to Being and event

Author: William Watkin
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
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"This in depth exploration is the first part of a two part study of the two volumes of Alain Badiou's seminal Being and Event project. Badiou and Indifferent Being is an original, systematic study of Being and Event that takes into consideration the dramatic modifications to Badiou's philosophy since the publication of Logics of Worlds (2006). In that central elements of Badiou's philosophy, such as the situation,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Alain Badiou
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Watkin
ISBN: 9781350015654 1350015652 9781350015685 1350015687
OCLC Number: 1002418618
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover page; Halftitle page; Series page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Introduction; The consistency of inconsistency; Subtractive being; Nonrelationality; Indifference; Set theory; Retroactive axiomatic reasoning; Transmissibility, intelligibility and communicability; Theory of the subject; Part One Indifferent Being; 1 Being: The One and the Multiple; How to make intelligible the impossible proposition one is-not (Meditation One); The one as operational count-as-one; The ancient problem of classes; Situations and structures; The multiple; Presentation of presentation Reasoning on being by means of axioms2 Being: Separation, Void, Mark; Meditation Two; Set theory and aggregation as collection (Meditation Three); Axiom of separation; Notation and self-predication; The pure multiple is real; The void: proper name of being (Meditation Four); The void and nothing; Void as nomination; ZF+C: the nine axioms of contemporary set theory (Meditation Five); Axiom of extensionality; Axiom of replacement or substitution; The void set and in- diff erence; Conclusion: pure multiple and the void; 3 Being and Excess; Powerset axiom (Meditation Seven); Point of excess Void as nameFour kinds of one-ness: one, count-as-one, unicity, forming-into-one 8; The state (Meditation Eight); Threat of the void; Belonging, inclusion and parts; Typologies of being; States and indifference (Meditation Nine); 4 Nature and Infinity; Nature is normal (Meditation Eleven); Transitive sets: cardinal and ordinal (Meditation Twelve); Nature and minimality; Nature and intrication; The inexistence of nature; Potential and actual infinity; Proving the actual infinite; Doubling and Dedekind infinites; The limit; Succession and limit; The upper or maximal limit; Succession Conclusion on beingPart Two Indifferent Events; 5 The Event: History and Ultra-One; Historical singularities (Meditation Sixteen); Historical singularities and evental sites: examples; Primal ones and the edge of the void; Singularity vs. normality; Self-predication: the matheme of the event (Meditation Seventeen)11; The problem of naming; Axiom of foundation (Meditation Eighteen); Implications of foundation; Coda: un-relation; 6 The Event, Intervention and Fidelity; The wager: yes or no (Meditation Twenty); Intervention; Seven consequences of the event Axiom of choice (Meditation Twenty-two)Choice is indifferent; Due to choice, singularities exist and they are indifferent; Fidelity, connection (Meditation Twenty-three); 7 The Generic; Continuum hypothesis (Meditation Twenty-seven); The thought of the generic (Meditation Thirty-one); Discernment and classification; Truth and knowledge: the indifference of avoidance; Generic procedure; The matheme of the indiscernible (Meditation Thirty-three); Easton's Theorem (Meditation Twenty-six); Conditioning the indiscernible; Indiscernible or generic subsets16
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"This in depth exploration is the first part of a two part study of the two volumes of Alain Badiou's seminal Being and Event project. Badiou and Indifferent Being is an original, systematic study of Being and Event that takes into consideration the dramatic modifications to Badiou's philosophy since the publication of Logics of Worlds (2006). In that central elements of Badiou's philosophy, such as the situation, the event and the subject, are incomplete in Being and Event, this is the only fully up-to-date and accurate consideration of Badiou's overall philosophy yet published. At the same time as presenting an up-to-date account of Badiou's overall philosophy, the book is the first to draw out the central component of Badiou's ontology namely its relation to the category of indifference. Concentrating on the use of indifference across all the core elements of ontology, in particular the void, the pure multiple, the concept of set and the event, the book demonstrates that because set theory as such is a mathematics of indifference and for Badiou ontology is mathematics, no account of Badiou's ontology is complete unless it accepts that Badiou's theory of being is a presentation of indifferent being. The book provides a detailed and lively section by section reading of Badiou's foundational work, presenting all his concepts for all Badiou readers from undergraduates to researchers. It is a seminal source text for all future readings of Badiou."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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