‘Wittgenstein on Mathematics’ by Severin Schroeder

DOWNLOAD(.epub) This book offers a detailed account and discussion of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mathematics. In Part I, the stage is set with a brief presentation of Frege’s logicist attempt to provide arithmetic with a foundation and Wittgenstein’s criticisms of it, followed by sketches of Wittgenstein’s early views of mathematics, in the Tractatus and in the earlyContinue reading “‘Wittgenstein on Mathematics’ by Severin Schroeder”

‘Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute’ by Daniel Andrés López

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Georg Lukács’s philosophy of praxis, penned between 1918 and 1928, remains a revolutionary and apocryphal presence within Marxism. His History and Class Consciousness has inspired a century of rapture and reprobation, perhaps, as Gillian Rose suggested, because of its ‘invitation to hermeneutic anarchy’. In Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute, Daniel Andrés López radicalises Lukács’s famous return toContinue reading “‘Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute’ by Daniel Andrés López”

‘Badiou’s ‘Being and Event’: A Reader’s Guide’ by Christopher Norris

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub & .mobi) Alain Badiou’s Being and Event is the most original and significant work of French philosophy to have appeared in recent decades. It is the magnum opus of a thinker who is widely considered to have re-shaped the character and set new terms for the future development of philosophy in France and elsewhere. ThisContinue reading “‘Badiou’s ‘Being and Event’: A Reader’s Guide’ by Christopher Norris”

‘What is to be Done?’ by Louis Althusser

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) What is to be done? This was the question asked by Lenin in 1901 when he was having doubts about the revolutionary capabilities of the Russian working class. 77 years later, Louis Althusser asked the same question. Faced with the tidal wave of May ‘68 and the recurrent hostility of the Communist Party towardsContinue reading “‘What is to be Done?’ by Louis Althusser”

‘Kant as Theoretician of Vampirism’ by Slavoj Žižek

There are pipes and pipes. Flaubert’s description of the first encounter of Madame Bovary and her lover[1] condense the entire problematic which, according to Foucault, determines the post-Kantian episteme of the 19th century: the new configuration of the axis power–knowledge caused by the incommensurability between the field of representation and the Thing, as well asContinue reading “‘Kant as Theoretician of Vampirism’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art’ by Alain Badiou

1. Art is not the sublime descent of the infinite into the finite abjection of the body and sexuality. On the contrary, it is the production of an infinite subjective series, through the finite means of a material subtraction. 2. Art cannot merely be the expression of a particularity (be it ethnic or personal). ArtContinue reading “‘Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art’ by Alain Badiou”

‘Highly Speculative Reasoning on the Concept of Democracy’ by Alain Badiou

The word “democracy” is today the main organizer of consensus. What the word is assumed to embrace is the downfall of Eastern Socialists States, the supposed well being of our countries as well as Western humanitarian crusades. Actually the word “democracy” is inferred from what I term “authoritarian opinion.” It is somehow prohibited not toContinue reading “‘Highly Speculative Reasoning on the Concept of Democracy’ by Alain Badiou”

‘The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose’ by Alain Badiou

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub & .mobi) The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare theContinue reading “‘The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose’ by Alain Badiou”

‘Rhapsody For The Theatre: A Short Philosophical Treatise’ by Alain Badiou

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—creates a space in which philosophy can be lived. It is, of all the arts, the most closely related to politics: both depend on a limited number of texts or statements, which are collectively enacted by a group of actors or militants who test the limits of theContinue reading “‘Rhapsody For The Theatre: A Short Philosophical Treatise’ by Alain Badiou”

‘There’s No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship: Two Lessons on Lacan’ by Alain Badiou & Barbara Cassin

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Published in 1973, “L’Etourdit” was one of the French philosopher Jacques Lacan’s most important works. The book posed questions that traversed the entire body of Lacan’s psychoanalytical explorations, including his famous idea that “there is no such thing as a sexual relationship,” which seeks to undermine our certainties about intimacy and reality.Continue reading “‘There’s No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship: Two Lessons on Lacan’ by Alain Badiou & Barbara Cassin”