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Lacan Deleuze Badiou

A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens, Jon Roffe

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A critical intervention into the key conceptual dissensions between contemporary Continental philosophy’s 3 most influential thinkers

The theoretical writings of Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou stand at the heart of contemporary European thought. While the combined corpus of these three figures contains a significant number of references to each other’s work, such references are often simply critical, obscure – or both. Lacan Deleuze Badiou guides us through these crucial, under-remarked interrelations, identifying the conceptual passages, connections and disjunctions that underlie the often superficial statements of critique, indifference or agreement.

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1. Introduction
2. Contemporary
3. Time
4. Event
5. Truth
6. Polemos.

About the Author

A. J. Bartlett is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Research Unit in European Philosophy at Monash University. He is the author of Badiou and Plato: An Education by Truths (Edinburgh University Press, hb 2011, pb 2015) and translator, with Alex Ling, of Badiou's Mathematics of the Transcendental (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).

Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Jon Roffe is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He teaches at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and is an editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity: A Critical Introduction and Guide (forthcoming, EUP), Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012), The Works of Gilles Deleuze (forthcoming,, the collection of aphorisms Muttering for the Sake of Stars (Surpllus 2012). He is co-author of Lacan Deleuze Badiou (EUP 2014). He is co-editor of Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage (EUP 2009), Deleuze and the Non/Human (forthcoming, Palgrave) and Understanding Derrida (Continuum 2004).


This is a fierce ride through the tangled relations of Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou. Readers will thrill to its edginess, intuitions, learning and irreverence. It would be easy to be thrown, though, hurt and bemused by a wild swirl of ideas. Inspect it warily, before mounting only if it suits.

- James Williams, University of Dundee

This book is perversely brilliant in its eclecticism. The authors thread their way through the topics of contemporaneity, time, the Event, and truth/Truth, swerving between Badiou, Deleuze, and Lacan. In the process of this tour de force, they take in much of the landscape of contemporary philosophy and anti-philosophy.

- Henry Krips, Claremont Graduate University

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