Universität Wien

010026 SE Deleuze vs Badiou (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German



UPDATE 22.11.2021: die nächsten Sitzungen müssen rein digital stattfinden.

UPDATE 21.10.2021: Das Seminar findet ab nächster Sitzung (28.10.) in Hörsaal 1 im Uni-Hauptgebäude statt. Zudem besteht ein Livestream samt Aufzeichnung, die auf Moodle hochgeladen wird.

UPDATE 27.9.2021: Das Seminar wird in digitalem Format starten. Bitte schreiben Sie sich auf Moodle ein, um den entsprechenden Link zu erhalten.

DO 07.10.2021 11.30-13.00 digital
DO 14.10.2021 11.30-13.00 digital
DO 21.10.2021 11.30-13.00 digital
DO 28.10.2021 11.30-13.00 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1 (Bestätigt) / hybrid
DO 04.11.2021 11.30-13.00 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1 (Bestätigt) / hybrid
DO 11.11.2021 11.30-13.00 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1 (Bestätigt) / hybrid
DO 18.11.2021 11.30-13.00 Hörsaal 1 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1 (Bestätigt) / hybrid
DO 25.11.2021 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 02.12.2021 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 09.12.2021 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 16.12.2021 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 13.01.2022 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 20.01.2022 11.30-13.00 neu digital
DO 27.01.2022 11.30-13.00 neu digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Content: The philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou offer alternatives to poststructuralist deconstructive and discourse-analytic approaches influenced by Heidegger. This makes them generally interesting for new perspectives in contemporary thought. At the same time, both philosophies stand in unmistakable opposition to each other. Badiou declares it openly, albeit after Deleuze's death. The opposition is also determined by both philosophies’ different points of reference when it comes to early modern philosophy. Deleuze's thinking of difference incorporates motifs from a vitalist-influenced reading of Spinoza's theory of conatus and affect. In contrast, Badiou invokes Descartes' mathematization of nature, which he radicalizes in his own mathematical ontology. The model of a nature that self-generates (Deleuze) is thus opposed to that of an essentially static nature into which (historical) movement comes only through contingent events and human subjects prescribed to them (Badiou). The consequences are considerable and extend to very different concepts of political practice.
Aim: The seminar aims at tracing lines of a virtual debate between Deleuze and Badiou. On the one hand, it wants both authors to illuminate each other, on the other hand, it wants to elaborate on ways of refering to them from an independent perspective, be it in a critical or in a productive way.
Method: The seminar is a reading seminar without any student presentations. We will begin with selected texts by Deleuze, then move on to Badiou, and conclude with Badiou's book on Deleuze The Clamor of Being, which we will analyze in light of the preceding discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

In addition to regular attendance and careful preparation, the prerequisite for completing the seminar successfully is the submission of a written final paper (10-15 pages).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements are regular participation and a formally careful and concise seminar paper.

Grading key: participation 40 %, paper 60 %.

Examination topics

Regular and constructive participation, concise paper.

Reading list

See German bibliography.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM

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