Clayton Crockett’s New Book–Deleuze Beyond Badiou

Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event by Clayton Crockett.

§       Provides a new interpretation of the philosophical rivalry between two key 20th Century French thinkers, Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou.
§       Explains in a student friendly writing style the works of two thinkers famous for their difficult and inaccessible prose.
§       Crockett introduces the work of Catherine Malabou and his background in political theology to bring new dimensions to Deleuze and Badiou’s work.

“Remarkably illuminating. That Crockett is able to make so crystal clear some of Deleuze’s contested concepts is the result of years of patient labor over the philosopher’s writings.”
-Ward Blanton, University of Glasgow

“This is an interdisciplinary text of rare ability and power that takes the reader into not only a deeply considered discussion of two crucial thinkers but also carefully and skillfully explains the limits and possibilities in discussion.”
-Mike Grimshaw, University of Canterbury

First published in 1997, Alain Badiou’s Deleuze: The Clamor of Being cast Gilles Deleuze as a secret philosopher of the One. In this work, Clayton Crockett rehabilitates Deleuze’s position within contemporary political and philosophical thought, advancing an original reading of the thinker’s major works and a constructive conception of his philosophical ontology. Through close readings of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, Capitalism and Schizophrenia (with Felix Guattari), and Cinema 2, Crockett argues that Deleuze is anything but the austere, quietistic, and aristocratic intellectual Badiou had portrayed. Instead, Crockett underscores Deleuze’s radical aesthetics and innovative scientific, political, and mathematical forms of thought. He also refutes the notion Deleuze retreated from politics toward the end of his life. Using Badiou’s critique as a foil, Crockett maintains the profound continuity of Deleuze’s work and builds a general interpretation of his more obscure formulations.

Clayton Crockett is associate professor and director of religious studies at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of several books, including Radical Political Theology: Religion and Politics After Liberalism and coeditor, with Slavoj Zizek and Creston Davis, of Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic.

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture
Slavoj Zizek, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, and Jeffrey Robbins

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