On the Subject of Badiou: A Deleuzian Critique

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 29 (3):395-402 (2015)
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ABSTRACT In the Deleuze–Badiou debate most criticisms of Badiou focus on how Badiou gets Deleuze wrong. What this defensive posture does not exploit, though, is the way in which Deleuze and Guattari can be seen to have anticipated and criticized Badiou's work. I argue that in A Thousand Plateaus, particularly “On Several Regimes of Signs,” Badiou's theory of the subject can be read as an attempt to extract a passional, postsignifying regime out of its mixture with a despotic, signifying regime. It is here that we can locate all of Badiou's concerns about subject formation in fidelity to an event.



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