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By Alain Badiou

ISBN-10: 0826458319

ISBN-13: 9780826458315

Being and Event is the best paintings of Alain Badiou, France's most crucial dwelling thinker. Long-awaited in translation, Being and Event makes on hand to an English-speaking readership Badiou's groundbreaking paintings on set idea - the cornerstone of his complete philosophy. The publication makes the scope and target of Badiou's complete philosophical venture transparent, permitting complete comprehension of Badiou's importance for modern philosophy. Badiou attracts upon and is absolutely engaged with the eu philosophical culture from Plato onwards; Being and occasion offers with such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, Heidegger and Lacan. This wide-ranging booklet is organised in a cautious, targeted and novel demeanour, reflecting the philosophical rigour of Badiou's proposal. not like many modern Continental philosophers, Badiou - who's additionally a novelist and dramatist - writes lucidly and cogently, making his paintings way more available and fascinating than a lot philosophy, and really a excitement to learn. This English language variation incorporates a new preface, written through Badiou himself, in particular for this translation.

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G. g. g. 'is more specific than', 'is spelled backwards', and 'is included in the spelling of, there are many cases where the common relational word would (if expressed) not be used univocally. For instance: 30 brunch:lunch::smog:haze. The test-makers think 'is a combination of. ' is the key idea, brunch being a combination of breakfast and lunch and smog being a combination of haze and exhausts. Skipping other difficulties now, 'is a combination of x and y' does not apply to brunch and smog in the same sense; that is, 'is a chemical suspension of may apply in the one case and not in the other.

38 Substitution cannot be effective for same words, as is illustrated with simple equivocals, 'pen' and 'pen'. For every pair ofsame words is sub stitut able, salva veritate, regardless of differentiation. That is one of the most significant pieces of evidence that the dominance hypothesis (which lies at the foundation of the present theory) has to be true. Substitution tests work only on the condition that the meaning attached to the substituted inscription resists adaptation to the full extent that it differs from the original word.

Enumerative induction will not show that every word differentiates; but I think experiment will convince fluent speakers that fit to context is evident and universal. The versatility of Latin and French words is perhaps obvious to us because we notice how many distinct English words we need to translate a single foreign word. ) Yet, that all terms differentiate can be proved only after the phenomenon has been explained. Fit to context is necessary but not sufficient for differentiation; there have to be contrasting adjustments (fits) to produce diversity of meaning.

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