Angelaki 12 (3):35 – 55 (2007)

Dominic Smith
Dundee University
This article is an attempt to engage the Badiouian image of Deleuze’s thought at its most dogmatic. I develop a close reading of Badiou’s controversial work, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being. I argue that this text is counter-productive insofar as it obscures problems that Deleuze and Badiou share, in favour of emphasizing divergences in their solutions to them. As part of an attempt to engage these shared problems, the article focuses on the problem of ‘universal singularity’, arguing in favour of what Deleuze and Badiou can bring to our understanding of it. To achieve this, I consider Deleuzian philosophy in terms of its capacity to contribute to new images of thought, through a development of its relation with the writings of Primo Levi.
Keywords Deleuze  Badiou  Primo Levi  Ethics
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DOI 10.1080/09697250802041020
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