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A Question of Style

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

in Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638000
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.003.0002
A Question of Style

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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

Chapter.  12942 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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