Activism, philosophy and actuality in Deleuze and Foucault

Paul Patton

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Deleuze and Foucault shared a period of political activism and both drew connections between their activism and their respective approaches to philosophy. However, despite their shared political commitments and praise of each other's work, there remained important philosophical differences between them which became more and more apparent over time. This article identifies some of the political issues over which they disagreed and shows how they relate to some of their underlying philosophical differences. It focuses on their respective approaches to the state, to ‘actuality’ and to the analysis of the present.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-103
Number of pages20
JournalDeleuze Studies
Issue numberSupplement
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Deleuze
  • Foucault
  • state
  • actuality
  • history
  • activism


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