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The insubordinate multiple: A critique of Badiou’s Deleuze

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Roffe, J (2010) The insubordinate multiple: A critique of Badiou’s Deleuze. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The published work of Alain Badiou includes a varied and fascinating series
of engagements with that of Gilles Deleuze. These engagements run from
outright polemic (‘Le flux et le parti: dans le marges de l’Anti-Oedipe’) to
assiduous summaries and contrasts (‘L’événement selon Deleuze’), but are
capped by the 1997 Deleuze. Le clameur de l’être. This latter text presents a
sweeping characterisation of Deleuze’s project as committed to thinking the
fundamental unity of being as such, in contrast not just with the orthodox
reading of Deleuze, but also many of Deleuze’s own explicit statements to
the contrary, in which he presents himself as a philosopher devoted to the
theme of multiplicity.
This thesis presents the argument that Badiou’s reading of Deleuze, though
striking, is fundamentally misplaced. It does so by examining in close detail
Badiou’s arguments for this reading, bringing it into contact with the relevant
detail of Deleuze’s own work, in particular his magnum opus Difference and
Repetition. Further – and in accordance with Badiou’s own demand – this
critical examination situates Badiou’s account of Deleuze in the context of
his work at the time of this crucial engagement, namely Being and Event. In
nuce, the argument presented here is that Deleuze is indeed a philosopher
of difference, that his characteristic claims about the nature of being, the
virtual and the event do not commit him to a philosophy of the One as
Badiou claims. The Clamor of Being, however provocative, cannot stand as
a justified reading of the Deleuzean corpus.

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Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 05:39
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