Badiou’s Big Book of Being and Event

Being and Event by Alain Badiou

Select Mondays 6-8 pm (reading schedule is below)

Harold Washington Library

6th Floor North Study Room

We’ll make our way through Being and Event three weeks at a time.

“Since the book’s first publication in 1988, Alain Badiou’s Being and Event has established itself of one of the most important and controversial works in contemporary philosophy and its author as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Being and Event is a comprehensive statement of Badiou’s philosophical project and sees him recast the European philosophical tradition from Plato onwards, via a series of analyses of such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, and Lacan. He thus develops the basis for a history of philosophy rivaling those of Heidegger and Deleuze in its depth.”
– Book Blurb

Schedule of Readings:

January 27
Week 1: Introduction

February 3
Week 2: Chapters 1 -3

February 10
Week 3: Chapters 4-6

February 24
Week 4: Chapters 7-9

March 2 (Pulaski Day, so not at the Library)
Week 5: Chapters 10-12

March 9
Week 6: Chapters 13-15

March 23
Week 7: Chapters 16-19

March 30
Week 8: Chapters 20-22

April 6
Week 9: Chapters 23-25

April 20
Week 10: Chapters 26-28

April 27
Week 11: Chapters 29-30

May 4
Week 12: Chapters 31-32

May 18
Week 13: Chapters 33-34

May 25 (Memorial Day, so not at the Library)
Week 14: Chapter 35

June 1
Week 15: Chapter 36

The book is available in many places, but a PDF is available for you here as well:

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