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Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review: Mathematics of the Transcendental

Photo: Andrej Bauer
Take a closer look at this book review by Andrej Bauer.

The book is an essential aid to understanding the mathematical and logical basis of his theory of appearing as elaborated in Logics of Worlds and other works and is essential reading for his many followers.

Andrej Bauer writes, "When a Notices editor asked me to review Badiou’s book  [2]  I  objected  on  the  grounds  that  I  am no  philosopher,  which  only  strengthened  her determination.  Here  then  is  a  mathematician’s review of a philosopher’s mathematics book."
 

Mathematics of the Transcendental
Alain Badiou (born 1937) is a prominent French philosopher whose work may be placed somewhere between the continental and analytic traditions, although closer to the former. He has been active outside philosophy, in literature and especially in
politics as a proponent of the radical left. Out of his philosophical considerations of “the multiple” came  the  idea  that  set  theory  was  “the  pure doctrine of the multiple” and that mathematics was ontology.

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Source: American Mathematical Society


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