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Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638000

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.001.0001

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Disjunctive Synthesis

Disjunctive Synthesis

(p.6) 1 Disjunctive Synthesis
Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the exchange of insults between Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze during 1976, when the former was still a young lecturer at the philosophy department of the University of Vincennes in Paris and the latter was already a full professor. Badiou called Deleuze a fascist, and in return Deleuze called him a bolshevik. The chapter explains that Badiou's insult was provoked by the success of Deleuze's Anti-Oedipus and the recent publication of Rhizome, which was later included as the introduction to A Thousand Plateaus. It also analyses Badiou and Deleuze's conception of the term disjunctive synthesis.

Keywords:   Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, University of Vincennes, fascist, bolshevik, Anti-Oedipus, Rhizome, Thousand Plateaus, disjunctive synthesis

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