, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 155–171 | Cite as

The strange temporality of the subject: Badiou and Deleuze between the finite and the infinite

  • Simon O'Sullivan
Original Article


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.


Deleuze Badiou event finite/infinite relation actual/virtual immanence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon O'Sullivan
    • 1
  1. 1.Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths CollegeLondonUK

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