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Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle


Why do philosophers read literature? How do they read it? And to what extent does their philosophy derive from their reading of literature? Anyone who has read contemporary European philosophers has had to ask such questions. This book is an attempt to answer them, by considering the ‘strong readings’ Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze impose on the texts they read. The author demonstrates that philosophers need literature as much as literary critics need philosophy: it is an exercise not in the philosophy of literature (where literature is a mere object of analysis), but in philosophy and litera ... More

Keywords: philosophers, literature, philosophy, European philosophers, strong readings, Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, texts, literary critics, philosophy and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748638000
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Jacques Lecercle, author