By Jon Roffe
Badiou's Deleuze provides the 1st thorough research of 1 of the main major encounters in modern inspiration: Alain Badiou's interpretation and rejection of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Badiou's studying of Deleuze is essentially specified by his provocative ebook, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being. Badiou's Deleuze offers a close exam of Badiou's analyzing and argues that, whereas it fails to do justice to the Deleuzean undertaking, it invitations us to think again and reconsider Deleuze's strength to handle the last word matters of philosophy. Badiou's Deleuze analyses the differing metaphysics of 2 of the main influential contemporary continental philosophers, whose divergent perspectives have contributed to shaping a lot modern thought.
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The emanative scheme inverts (EPS 170) the Platonic account by concerning itself no longer with particular beings (when it asks how they manage to participate in the Ideas), but with that which beings participate in: The participated does not in fact enter into what participates in it. What is participated remains in itself; it is participated insofar as it produces, and produces insofar as it gives, but has no need to leave itself to give or produce. Plotinus formulates the program of starting at the highest point, subordinating imitation to genesis or production, and substituting the idea of a gift for that of a violence.
In keeping with his account, though, it is less Spinoza than Augustine who must be accounted the primary point of reference. For the latter, as Deleuze presents him: “God expresses himself in his Word or in an exemplary Idea; but the exemplary Idea expresses the multiplicity of creatable and created things … Expression is like a radiation that leads us from God, who expresses himself, to the things expressed” (EPS 179). Radiation (a term Deleuze uses a number of times here) is a term that ﬁts well within Badiou’s account.
2 The third possibility that Badiou rules out for Deleuze is what might be characterized as external intellectual intuition, whereby thought, independent and according to its own capacities, grasps being directly and without mediation. 3 In sum, Badiou asserts, on the basis of his fundamental ontological commitments, Deleuze’s method in thought must be acategorical, anti-dialectical, intrinsic to being and only possible under its mandate. Thus we are led to the fourth central thesis presented by Badiou, that Deleuze’s method is an intuitive method: A thought without mediation, a thought constructing its movement beyond all the categorical divisions that it has ﬁrst been tempted to use as a means of protecting itself from the inhuman neutrality of Being, can only be – as Bergson so sovereignly set down – an intuitive thought.
Badiou's Deleuze by Jon Roffe