A materialist transcendental: On the onto-logy of logics of worlds

Michael J. Olson*

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Alain Badiou's 2006 Logics of Worlds presents a fascinating attempt to construct an avowedly materialist analysis of the conditions of the intelligibility of appearance. This paper sketches the outlines of the materialist transcendental developed there in order to isolate just what Badiou takes its materialist credentials to consist in. This effort leads to an examination of the analysis of mathematical formalism provided in Badiou's earlier The Concept of Model and ultimately to the conclusion that Badiou's defense of the materialism of the process of mathematical formalization in that text does not supply a satisfactory explanation of the purported materialism of Logics of Worlds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-159
Number of pages17
JournalAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


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