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Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature$
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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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A Question of Style

A Question of Style

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Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the philosophical styles of Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze. It suggests that although Badiou and Deleuze share a passionate, all-pervasive and persistent interest in literary texts, this is not necessarily relevant to a confrontation of their philosophical styles. The chapter analyses Badiou's conception of passion for literature in his book The Century, and highlights Badiou and Deleuze's shared belief that there is no philosophy which is not intimately linked to art in general and the art of language in particular. Deleuze believed that literature is one of the practices which forces us to think, while Badiou considered it to be one of the conditions for philosophy.

Keywords:   philosophical styles, Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, literature, art of language

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