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The Strange Temporality of the Subject: Badiou and Deleuze Between the Finite and the Infinite

O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2009. The Strange Temporality of the Subject: Badiou and Deleuze Between the Finite and the Infinite. Subjectivity, 27, pp. 155-171. ISSN 17556341 [Article]

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This paper stages an encounter between the philosophical systems of Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze specifically as these relate to the production of subjectivity, or what I call the finite/infinite relation. I attempt to demonstrate that for Badiou a bar of sorts between the finite and the infinite remains determining, whereas for Deleuze – and specifically with his actual/virtual couplet – this bar no longer operates. The paper is at times quite technical in its excavation of the systems in question; however, the introduction and conclusion foreground what is at stake in this confrontation: a certain militant orientation to that which is beyond the world versus an ethical and experimental attitude that is located firmly within the world.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1057/sub.2009.5
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Visual Cultures
Item ID: 3408
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 13:04
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 10:21
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3408
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