August 18th, 2012

S.C. Hickman

Paul M. Livingston, The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism

Paul M. Livingston, The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism, Routledge, 2012, 394pp., $130.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415891912.

"Livingston beautifully brings a series of themes animating Continental and Analytic thought into relief and, in doing so, opens new possibilities for debate and discussion. It is likely that this book will be a key reference in discussions surrounding Continental theory for years to come. With any luck it will help to shift these discussions out of well-worn grooves and in new directions. Written in a clear and accessible style, Livingston is able to convey the discoveries of formal logic in ways that will not cause those ignorant of symbolic logic to flee (and here it's important to note that there's almost no symbolic formalization in the book)."

       - Reviewed by Levi R. Bryant, Collin College: click here.