Badiou has 69 ratings and 3 reviews. Bryan said: Decent by Default: Before briefly stating my opinions on the book, let me mention that amazon reviews, c. foreword: Hallward’s Fidelity to the Badiou Event. (pp. ix-xiv). Slavoj Žižek. According to Richard Dawkins’s well-known formulation, “God’s utility function” in . The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the Question of Economic Managerialism in Strhan – – Educational.
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Though indisputably erudite, Hallward’s book is not only confusing but confused. The first four chapters seek to situate Badiou in the context of classical philosophy and current French thought, and to clarify the role of mathematics in Badiou’s philosophy.
The attempt to contextualize Badiou fails horribly.
Badiou: A Subject To Truth by Peter Hallward
We find out, in particular, that Badiou aligns himself with Plato, Descartes, Sartre, etc; we find out that he rejects the linguistic turn. We find out that he is the “exact contrary” of Heidegger, but it is never explained how or why this is so.
In other words, all we get is a cataloguing of Badiou’s positions as if he were a politician without the argumentation that Badiou uses to ally himself with these positions. The majority of what we get by way of argument-reproduction is the trite phraseology that Badiou cares for strong subjectivity, clarity, universalism, etc.
And how does he defeat the linguistic turn? Why is thought before being? The explanations clarifying Badiou’s equating of mathematics and ontology fail abysmally through internal contradictions. The author fails at points to keep “pure being” and “what can be said of being” distinct; at one page he will call mathematics “true thought”, and at another time he will say that it is valueless–it is the event which is true thought.
We do not get a clear sense what the precise connection between mathematics and reality is for Badiou: It is of course possible to make arguments which resolve these tensions in Hallward’s text.
But the book makes the reader work too hard hwllward thread something coherent from the mess that is presented. It is only through attentive reading that these gaps and contradictions come out.
A cursory reading will leave one very satisfied. But if you want to understand Badiou deeply, this book reads roughly. Unfortunately, there are few other books on the market which cover the range of Badiou that Hallward does.
So i’d have to say that it is decent by default. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Badiou by Peter Hallward. Alain Badiou is one of the most inventive and compelling philosophers working in France todayOCoa thinker who, in these days of cynical resignation and academic specialization, is exceptional hallwardd every sense.
Guided by disciplines ranging from mathematics to psychoanalysis, inspired as much by Plato and Cantor as by Mao and Mallarm rBadiouOCOs work renews, in the most va Alain Badiou is one of the most inventive and compelling philosophers working in France todayOCoa thinker bariou, in these days of cynical resignation and academic specialization, is exceptional in every sense.
Guided by disciplines ranging from mathematics to psychoanalysis, inspired as much by Plato and Cantor as by Mao and Mallarm rBadiouOCOs work renews, in the most varied and spectacular terms, z decidedly ancient understanding of philosophyOCophilosophy as a practice conditioned by truths, understood as militant processes of emancipation or transformation.
This book is the first comprehensive introduction to BadiouOCOs thought to appear in any language. Assuming no prior knowledge of his work, it provides a thorough and searching overview of all the main components of his philosophy, from its decisive political orientation through its startling equation of ontology with mathematics to its resolute engagement with its principal competition from Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Deleuze, among others.
The book draws on all of BadiouOCOs published work and a wide sampling of his unpublished work in progress, along with six years of correspondence with the author.
Badiou: A Subject To Truth
Eschewing unnecessary technicalities, Hallward provides a highly readable discussion of each of the basic features of BadiouOCOs ontology, as well as his more recent account of appearance and OC being-there. OCO Without evading the difficulties, Peter Hallward demonstrates in detail and in depth why BadiouOCOs ongoing philosophical project should be recognized as the most resourceful and inspiring of his generation.
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My review has been criticized as “non-sensical” by the other reviewer on this site who posted from New Jallward. Within the next several days I will put up a website which contains a much longer review of this book.
Not only will I show that my claims are not non-sensical, I will also attempt to get it into the other revie Decent by Default: Not only will I show that my claims are not non-sensical, I will also attempt to get it into the other reviewer’s tiny mind just how the book fails. The author himself, upset at the amazon review, sent me a letter, to which I will respond in depth on the aforementioned website. If you are interested in understanding Badiou indirectly or how Hallward’s book lacks significant philosophical worth, look for this upcoming website.
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