I wanted to bring to the attention of readers a new book by AUFS affiliate, Clayton Crockett. As the title suggests, Deleuze Beyond Badiou presents an account of Deleuze’s philosophy by taking as its occasion Badiou’s polemical reading of Deleuze. The account that emerges will be very useful to many readers of Deleuze. Though I am not here offering anything like a proper review, I should say that I found particularly compelling the way that Crockett emphasized certain concepts or themes — most notably the interstice, the three syntheses of time, and the time-image.
These are important points to stress, and I would say that they are central concerns in my own work on and from Deleuze. It struck me that the reason for this may be the (commonly) felt need to respond to Badiou’s polemic. One could say that the demand that arises in this polemical conjucture is to articulate the manner in which Deleuze’s immanence is able to create new possibilities of existence (contrary to Badiou’s claim that Deleuze’s thought does not ultimately break with the order of the present). Crockett’s book is an important contribution to this articulation.
In addition to the development of the aforementioned concepts and themes, Crockett also proposes some alliances for Deleuze’s thought, most notably with the work of Malabou and Laclau. Other notable moves include a reading of Badiou as Kantian, a discussion of Difference and Repetition in terms of the “energetics of being,” and a fascinating (concluding) proposal for an economics inflected by Vodou.