Ethics between Particularity and Universality

Audronė Žukauskaitė

in Deleuze and Ethics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641178
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671731 | DOI:
Ethics between Particularity and Universality

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This chapter focuses on the contrasting ideas of Deleuze and Badiou. Deleuze and Badiou are exceptional figures in the field of contemporary philosophy. They both created influential patterns of thinking which encompass not only philosophy, but also art, science, politics and ethics. Both Deleuze and Badiou struggle with such concepts as singularity, the multiple/multiplicity, the Real and the event. But the meanings they assign to these concepts are absolutely different: for Badiou even the idea of the multiple is grounded in the metaphysics of the One; Deleuze, by contrast, replaces the very idea of the One with the idea of multiplicity. The same antagonism between Deleuze and Badiou can be discerned in the ethical-political field: Badiou claims that the way out of the deadlock of neoliberal democracy is a militant universalism; Deleuze, by contrast, suggests that the proper ethical-political approach is that of becoming-minoritarian. In other words, even though they operate with similar philosophical vocabulary and reflect similar ethical-political themes, Deleuze and Badiou are on different sides of contemporary philosophical debates.

Keywords: Deleuze; Badiou; multiple; multiplicity; the One; universalism; minoritarian

Chapter.  7758 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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