By Alain Badiou
The works of Gilles Deleuze -- on cinema, literature, portray, and philosophy -- have made him some of the most largely learn thinkers of his iteration. This compact severe quantity is not just a robust reappraisal of Deleuze's notion, but additionally the 1st significant paintings via Alain Badiou to be had in English. Badiou compellingly redefines "Deleuzian, " throwing down the gauntlet within the conflict over the very which means of Deleuze's legacy.
For those that view Deleuze because the apostle of hope, flu, and multiplicity, Badiou's e-book is a planned provocation. via a deep philosophical engagement along with his writings, Badiou contends that Deleuze isn't the Dionysian philosopher of turning into he took himself to be; to the contrary, he's an ascetic thinker of Being and Oneness. Deleuze's self-declared anti-Platonism fails -- and that, in Badiou's view, may perhaps finally be to his credits. "Perhaps it's not Platonism that should be overturned, " Badiou writes, "but the anti-Platonism taken as glaring all through this complete century."
This quantity attracts on a five-year correspondence undertaken via Badiou and Deleuze close to the tip of Deleuze's existence, whilst the 2 set aside long-standing political and philosophical alterations to replace rules approximately related difficulties of their paintings. Badiou's incomparably attentive readings of key Deleuzian innovations considerably revise reigning interpretations, delivering new insights to even the veteran Deleuze reader and serving as an entree to the debatable concept of a "restoration" of Plato endorsed through Badiou -- in his personal correct essentially the most unique figures in postwar French philosophy.
The result's a serious travel de strength that repositions Deleuze, one of many mostimportant thinkers of our time, and introduces Badiou to English-speaking readers.