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Deleuze

The Clamor of Being

1999
Author:

Alain Badiou
Translated by Louise Burchill

Deleuze

A major new voice from France offers a provocative reevaluation of Deleuze’s philosophy.

The works of Gilles Deleuze-on cinema, literature, painting, and philosophy-have made him one of the most widely read thinkers of his generation. This compact critical volume is not only a powerful reappraisal of Deleuze’s thought, but also the first major work by Alain Badiou available in English. Badiou compellingly redefines “Deleuzian,” throwing down the gauntlet in the battle over the very meaning of Deleuze’s legacy. The result is a critical tour de force that repositions one of the most important thinkers of our time.

“Small this book may be, but it will have the effect of a bomb. Badiou challenges at the outset the received perception of Deleuze. Far from being some avatar of May 1968, anarchist in nature, and dedicated to the glorification of all that flows, especially the primal sanctity of desire, Deleuze, according to Badiou, is an aristocrat of thought, very much dedicated to rehabilitating the metaphysical project in our day. Badiou proposes a 180° turn in the interpretation of Deleuze's work, and all those who have taken Deleuze to be the apostle of desire, flux, and animal anarchy will have apoplexy reading this book.” Wlad Godzich, University of Geneva

A major new voice from France offers a provocative reevaluation of Deleuze’s philosophy.

The works of Gilles Deleuze-on cinema, literature, painting, and philosophy-have made him one of the most widely read thinkers of his generation. This compact critical volume is not only a powerful reappraisal of Deleuze’s thought, but also the first major work by Alain Badiou available in English. Badiou compellingly redefines “Deleuzian,” throwing down the gauntlet in the battle over the very meaning of Deleuze’s legacy.

For those who view Deleuze as the apostle of desire, flux, and multiplicity, Badiou’s book is a deliberate provocation. Through a deep philosophical engagement with his writings, Badiou contends that Deleuze is not the Dionysian thinker of becoming he took himself to be; on the contrary, he is an ascetic philosopher of Being and Oneness. Deleuze’s self-declared anti-Platonism fails-and that, in Badiou’s view, may ultimately be to his credit. “Perhaps it is not Platonism that has to be overturned,” Badiou writes, “but the anti-Platonism taken as evident throughout this entire century.”

This volume draws on a five-year correspondence undertaken by Badiou and Deleuze near the end of Deleuze’s life, when the two put aside long-standing political and philosophical differences to exchange ideas about similar problems in their work. Badiou’s incomparably attentive readings of key Deleuzian concepts radically revise reigning interpretations, offering new insights to even the veteran Deleuze reader and serving as an entrée to the controversial notion of a “restoration” of Plato advocated by Badiou-in his own right one of the most original figures in postwar French philosophy.

The result is a critical tour de force that repositions Deleuze, one of the most important thinkers of our time, and introduces Badiou to English-speaking readers.

ISBN 0-8166-3139-5 Cloth £33.50 $47.95xx
ISBN 0-8166-3140-9 Paper £13.00 $18.95x
160 Pages 7 x 10 December
Theory Out of Bounds Series, volume 16
Translation inquiries: Hachette Litteratures

Deleuze

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-St. Denis) and at the Collége international de philosophie in Paris. He is the author of numerous books, including Manifesto for Philosophy (1999).

Louise Burchill teaches at the Collége international de philosophie in Paris.

Deleuze

“Small this book may be, but it will have the effect of a bomb. Badiou challenges at the outset the received perception of Deleuze. Far from being some avatar of May 1968, anarchist in nature, and dedicated to the glorification of all that flows, especially the primal sanctity of desire, Deleuze, according to Badiou, is an aristocrat of thought, very much dedicated to rehabilitating the metaphysical project in our day. Badiou proposes a 180° turn in the interpretation of Deleuze's work, and all those who have taken Deleuze to be the apostle of desire, flux, and animal anarchy will have apoplexy reading this book.” Wlad Godzich, University of Geneva

A truly extraordinary book.

Radical Philosophy