Disjunctive Synthesis

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:
Disjunctive Synthesis

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This chapter examines the exchange of insults between Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze during 1976, when the former was still a young lecturer at the philosophy department of the University of Vincennes in Paris and the latter was already a full professor. Badiou called Deleuze a fascist, and in return Deleuze called him a bolshevik. The chapter explains that Badiou's insult was provoked by the success of Deleuze's Anti-Oedipus and the recent publication of Rhizome, which was later included as the introduction to A Thousand Plateaus. It also analyses Badiou and Deleuze's conception of the term disjunctive synthesis.

Keywords: Alain Badiou; Gilles Deleuze; University of Vincennes; fascist; bolshevik; Anti-Oedipus; Rhizome; Thousand Plateaus; disjunctive synthesis

Chapter.  13299 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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