Ideas from 'Briefings on Existence' by Alain Badiou [1998], by Theme Structure
[found in 'Briefings on Existence' by Badiou,Alain (ed/tr Madarsz,Norman) [SUNY 2006,0791468046]].
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1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 5. Modern Philosophy / c. Modern philosophy midperiod
12330

In ontology, logic dominated language, until logic was mathematized

1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Humour
12318

The female body, when taken in its entirety, is the Phallus itself

1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 6. Against Metaphysics
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Philosophy has been relieved of physics, cosmology, politics, and now must give up ontology

2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 4. Aims of Reason
12324

Consensus is the enemy of thought

4. Formal Logic / F. Set Theory ST / 2. Mechanics of Set Theory / b. Terminology of ST
12337

There is 'transivity' iff membership ∈ also means inclusion ⊆

4. Formal Logic / F. Set Theory ST / 4. Axioms for Sets / j. Axiom of Choice IX
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The axiom of choice must accept an indeterminate, indefinable, unconstructible set

5. Theory of Logic / A. Overview of Logic / 1. Overview of Logic
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Topos theory explains the plurality of possible logics

5. Theory of Logic / C. Ontology of Logic / 1. Ontology of Logic
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Logic is a mathematical account of a universe of relations

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Numbers / a. Numbers
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Numbers are for measuring and for calculating (and the two must be consistent)

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There is no single unified definition of number

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Numbers / b. Types of number
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Each type of number has its own characteristic procedure of introduction

12322

Must we accept numbers as existing when they no longer consist of units?

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Numbers / e. Ordinal numbers
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A von Neumann ordinal is a transitive set with transitive elements

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. The Infinite / g. Continuum Hypothesis
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The undecidability of the Continuum Hypothesis may have ruined or fragmented set theory

6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 6. Mathematical Structuralism / c. Nominalist structuralism
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If mathematics is a logic of the possible, then questions of existence are not intrinsic to it

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / a. For mathematical platonism
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Platonists like axioms and decisions, Aristotelians like definitions, possibilities and logic

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / b. Against mathematical platonism
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Aristotle removes ontology from mathematics, and replaces the true with the beautiful

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / d. Logicism critique
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Logic is definitional, but real mathematics is axiomatic

7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence
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Ontology is (and always has been) Cantorian mathematics

7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / a. Nature of Being
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There is no Being as a whole, because there is no set of all sets

7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / b. Being and existence
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Existence is Being itself, but only as our thought decides it

7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / i. Deflating being
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The primitive name of Being is the empty set; in a sense, only the empty set 'is'

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The modern view of Being comes when we reject numbers as merely successions of One

19. Language / H. Pragmatics / 2. Denial
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We must either assert or deny any single predicate of any single subject

25. Society / C. Political Doctrines / 1. Political Theory
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For Enlightenment philosophers, God was no longer involved in politics

29. Religion / A. Religious Thought / 1. Religious Belief
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The God of religion results from an encounter, not from a proof
