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Difference and Repetition
In the world of computer hardware, Moore's Law states that processing power doubles roughly every two years. On recent evidence, the same might be said of the Deleuze industry, which surely cannot be far from collapsing under its own weight. Even before production reached its peak, Deleuze studies attracted trilogists, exemplified by the brilliantly original Keith Ansell-Pearson and the wonderfully lucid Claire Colebrook, writing, when the field was still nascent, in the s and early s. The old master Ronald Bogue produced a hat-trick in alone — the year of the first edition of James Williams's book, his first of three on the philosopher. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.
Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference, and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, creativity and subjectivity. Notably, within his metaphysics he favored a Spinozian concept of a plane of immanence with everything a mode of one substance, and thus on the same level of existence. He argued, then, that there is no good and evil, but rather only relationships which are beneficial or harmful to the particular individuals. This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms. Later in his career he wrote some of the more infamous texts of the period, in particular, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, This is certainly true of DR, in which Deleuze attempts to prioritize the principle of difference over the principle of identity, all within the framework of a critique of the history of Western philosophy. Thankfully, however, Williams's reading of Deleuze is able to capture the originality of DR while liberating those of us who, like this author, are not completely au fait with the intricacies of Deleuzian thought, from some of the quandaries engendered by its inherent complexity. In writing this book, Williams's intention is to critically analyze the methodology and the arguments contained in Deleuze's book. Williams treats DR —uncontroversially, I think—as the "keystone" of Deleuze's work taken as a whole, and also as a book that is of deep significance to the broader history of philosophy. His introduction spells out the finer details of this broader significance of DR, in addition to offering some admirably concise explanations of the book's main themes and concerns.
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A revised, expanded and fully up-to-date critical introduction to Deleuze's most important work of philosophy By critically analysing Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition: A Critical Introduction and Guide Read Online · Download PDF.
Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995)
Originally published in France, it was translated into English by Paul Patton in Difference and Repetition was Deleuze's principal thesis for the Doctorat D'Etat alongside his secondary, historical thesis, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza. The work attempts a critique of representation. In the book, Deleuze develops concepts of difference in itself and repetition for itself , that is, concepts of difference and repetition that are logically and metaphysically prior to any concept of identity.
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