Žižek and Deleuze

Ian Buchanan

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As Gilles Deleuze fully understood, the anti-Hegelian can only triumph at the price of ceaselessly affirming their enemy's work represents the pinnacle of philosophy. In this regard, one can interpret Foucault's fear more fully: His worry was not that he would turn out to be Hegelian in spite of himself, but that his attempt to break new ground in philosophy would turn out to be a local, partisan struggle against a single thinker rather than the whole field. This, too, is how one should interpret Slavoj Zizek's reading of Deleuze as being secretly Hegelian: It is a calculated attempt to dislodge him from the philosophical higher ground by recoding his work as a series of minor snipes and attacks in a local, partisan struggle. Deleuze and Felix Guattari's formal analysis reveals three such different lines: The line of segmentarity, the line of molecularity and the line of flight.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTraversing the Fantasy
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Responses to Slavoj Zizek
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351125352
ISBN (Print)9780815398608
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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