Just circulating on the email lists is notification of the new issue of the journal Parrhesia. In it is contained the essay:
EDIT: I’ve just read it. Can someone, perhaps a Deleuzian prof. with more dosh than I, send Badiou a copy of Le Pli (The Fold), please?
The Logic of Sense only discusses one half of the event: That is, to use Whiteheadian terminology, the singularities pertaining to the vectors of conceptual prehension [what Badiou calls ‘thought’ in the article] concrescent as the actual occassion of ‘eternal objects’ [or what Deleuze calls a ‘pure event’] captured within the percipience of the society [or the symbolic structurations] of language. Badiou rightly dismisses calling ‘pure events’ by their Whiteheadian name ‘eternal objects’ because Deleuze was a realist, so why the bloody hell doesn’t Badiou discuss the other half of the event?
Because Badiou wants the event to be about the logic of novelty that evades the symbolic structurations and forces these social mechanisms to account for the novelty through special subjects who decide a fidelity to the evacuated void produced in the wake of the novelty.
The incorporeal wave of Deleuze’s (and Whitehead’s) concrescence versus the fatigued novelty of Badiou’s void.
Via Heidegger and Whitehead, “the jug,” I believe, could serve as a useful hinge between Badiou and Deleuze respectively. That is, at least to overcome the differend, as Badiou notes. More on this at some other date.