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A Life Between the Finite and Infinite: Remarks on Deleuze, Badiou and Western Buddhism

O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2014. A Life Between the Finite and Infinite: Remarks on Deleuze, Badiou and Western Buddhism. Deleuze Studies, 8(2), pp. 256-279. ISSN 1750-2241 [Article]

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This article explores the resonances between certain concepts of Deleuze and Badiou and a Western Buddhism that is figured, in Foucault's terminology, as a particular ‘technology of the self’. In particular Deleuze's readings of Bergson and Spinoza are brought into encounter with Buddhist doctrine and practice alongside a consideration of the figure of the bodhisattva who is further compared to Badiou's account of the subject. At stake in these enquiries and experimental conjunctions is the laying out of a particular – and liveable – diagram of the finite–infinite relation, or, we might say, a specifically Western dharma for a contemporary production of subjectivity.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.3366/dls.2014.0145
Keywords: Buddhism, Badiou, Bergson, Spinoza, meditation, ethics
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Visual Cultures
Item ID: 15376
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 18:36
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 18:36
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/15376
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