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Number and Numbers

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The political regime of global capitalism reduces the world to an endless network of numbers within numbers, but how many of us really understand what numbers are? Without such an understanding, how can we challenge the regime of number?

In Number and Numbers Alain Badiou offers an philosophically penetrating account with a powerful political subtext of the attempts that ha
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 19th 2008 by Polity Press
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Mark
I don't tend to read philosophy, but took this on partially as a challenge to myself and partially to better understand some ideas a friend has been sharing. A challenge it was, but not because of the style or lack of momentum but because the theory itself grows quite complex. It's all very interesting, though, and requires little background in philosophy, and even the path is well contained. I will probably read a little more badiou, though, as this book doesn't really give a broad understandin ...more
Adam
I don't have the background to entirely understand this thing, or develop any arguments for or against Badiou's work here, but for the most part I found it pretty fascinating and mind-bending. As usual for a philosopher of his ilk, he insists on making blanket, ill-considered political statements even in a book that is dealing primarily with set theory and the like. I don't think we need to believe that numbers are necessarily implicated in a system of political hegemony to want to answer the qu ...more
Michael
Excellent read, take notes though. The dialect and syntax are a little hard to follow at first.
David
Marvelous and fascinating. But strap on your math shoes. You'll need them.
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Alain Badiou, Ph.D., born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS. Alain Badiou was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s. He taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll ...more
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