Being and Event by Alain Badiou

By Alain Badiou

Being and Event is the best paintings of Alain Badiou, France's most vital dwelling thinker. Long-awaited in translation, Being and Event makes to be had to an English-speaking readership Badiou's groundbreaking paintings on set concept - the cornerstone of his complete philosophy. The ebook makes the scope and target of Badiou's entire philosophical venture transparent, allowing complete comprehension of Badiou's importance for modern philosophy. Badiou attracts upon and is totally engaged with the ecu philosophical culture from Plato onwards; Being and occasion bargains with such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, Heidegger and Lacan. This wide-ranging ebook is organised in a cautious, designated and novel demeanour, reflecting the philosophical rigour of Badiou's concept. 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 interesting than a lot philosophy, and truly a excitement to learn. This English language variation encompasses a new preface, written by way of Badiou himself, specifically for this translation.

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Finally, suppose that the dispute between Carstairs and Caruthers has implications for the truth values of various astronomical sentences. For instance, suppose that astronomers have discovered an object, call it Wilma, that’s orbiting the sun beyond Pluto and that counts as a planet if Carstairs’s theory of the meaning of ‘planet’ is right but doesn’t count as a planet if 32 Chapter 2 Caruthers’s theory is right, so that the truth value of the sentence ‘There is a tenth planet in our solar system’ depends on whether Carstairs or Caruthers is right (of course, if you don’t think Pluto counts as a planet, then the question would be whether there’s a ninth planet in the solar system, but let’s ignore this complication).

1 Introduction The recent literature on the problem of free will has been dominated by the debate about whether compatibilism is true. I think this is unfortunate, because I think the question of whether compatibilism is true is essentially irrelevant to metaphysical questions about human free will— that is, about the existence or nature of the freedom inherent in human decision-making processes. This view of the compatibilism debate is metaphysically similar to the views of Kant and James, but I should say here that I would not go along with the dismissiveness of their remarks.

There is a problem, an issue of fact and not of words. 1 Introduction The recent literature on the problem of free will has been dominated by the debate about whether compatibilism is true. I think this is unfortunate, because I think the question of whether compatibilism is true is essentially irrelevant to metaphysical questions about human free will— that is, about the existence or nature of the freedom inherent in human decision-making processes. This view of the compatibilism debate is metaphysically similar to the views of Kant and James, but I should say here that I would not go along with the dismissiveness of their remarks.

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