Objet petit a, the blog, on Badiou and Deleuze
As Alfred North Whitehead writes in Process and Reality, “the many become one, and are increased by one,” that is, become many again. The sameness of this process is a result of Badiou reading it under the sign of identity or monotony, and of his reading Deleuze too much in Heideggerian terms. Badiou claims that Deleuze is “less distant from Heidegger than is usually believed,” which is true. But then Badiou makes too much of Deleuze’s invocation of Parmenides along with Heidegger in the quote from Difference and Repetition. Badiou assimilates Parmenides (read through Heidegger) to Deleuze’s philosophical position: “Parmenides maintained that Being and thought were one and the same thing. The Deleuzian variant of this maxim is: ‘it is the same thing which occurs and is said’”. Badiou refuses to confront the radically Nietzschean heart of Deleuze’s philosophy: only that which becomes (becomes different) returns.