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By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

Alain Badiou is the world's so much influential dwelling thinker. Few modern thinkers demonstrate his breadth of argument and reference, or his skill to intrude in debates severe to either analytic and continental philosophy. "Alain Badiou: Key thoughts" offers an outline of and creation to the total variety of Badiou's considering. Essays specialise in the rules of Badiou's notion, his 'key innovations' - fact, being, ontology, the topic, and prerequisites - and on his engagement with a number of thinkers valuable to his philosophy, together with Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Heidegger and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written by way of the foremost students within the box, obtainable and finished, whereas readers already accustomed to Badiou will locate special, concentrated and leading edge discussions of Badiou's key subject matters, suggestions and engagements.

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The scene of philosophy is thus deserted. So what does this modern philosopher, alone with his friends, do? He repopulates it with a curious collection of dialecticians: Hegel and Holderlin; Pascal, Rousseau, Mallarme and Lacan; Marx, Engels, Lenin and Mao. However, this population was not enough to allow the modern philosopher to inhabit philosophy. As we find out fifteen years later in Badiou's Deleuze, the book Theory of the Subject surfaced alone: "In 1982 I published a transitional philosophical book ...

In 1977 Badiou contributed part one, "Le Flux et le parti (dans les marges de L'Anti-Oedipe)" (2004c), to a collective text entitled La Situation actuelle sur le front de philosophie: contre Deleuze et Guattari (Badiou & Lazarus 1977: 24-41). This was the second of two polemical texts - the other directed against Althusser and Lecourt on the Lysenko question - both entitled "The Current Situation on the Philosophy Front". The title indicates the emergence of a second problem for Badiou concerning philosophy.

In Logics of Worlds, for example, we see a new emphasis on the problem of contemporary logic, as well as an attempt to describe in more detail the actual appearing and disappearing of truths-in-worlds, with more fulsome examples and new categories such as those of "points" and "openings". We also see an attempt to bring the conditions "forward", as it were. 16 Yet, for Badiou, philosophy must always lag behind its conditions. We are that present, but as yet unable to know it. Notes 1. For brief accounts of the concept of "conditions, see Riera (2005) and Clemens (2006), upon which I draw here; for a more extended account, see Hallward (2003).

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