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Deleuze, The Dark Precursor : Dialectic, Structure, Being

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Gilles Deleuze is considered one of the most important French philosophers of the twentieth century. Eleanor Kaufman situates Deleuze in relation to others of his generation, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Blanchot, and Claude Levi-Strauss, and she engages the provocative readings of Deleuze by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek.

Deleuze, The Dark Precursor is organized around three themes that critically overlap: dialectic, structure, and being. Kaufman argues that Deleuze's work is deeply concerned with these concepts, even when he advocates for the seemingly opposite notions of univocity, nonsense, and becoming. By drawing on scholastic thought and reading somewhat against the grain, Kaufman suggests that these often-maligned themes allow for a nuanced, even positive reflection on apparently negative states of being, such as extreme inertia. This attention to the negative or minor category has implications that extend beyond philosophy and into feminist theory, film, American studies, anthropology, and architecture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 476g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • 142140589X
  • 9781421405896
  • 309,224

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Deleuze's ScholasticismPart One: Dialectic1. Solid Dialectic in Sartre and Deleuze2. Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Mind3. Klossowski and Orthodoxy4. Cinema and the Tableau VivantPart Two: Structure5. Betraying Well (zizek and Badiou)6. Levi-Strauss and the Joy of Abstraction7. Extreme Formality and the World without OthersPart Three: Being8. French Thought and the Space of American Literature9. Bartleby, the Immobile10. In the Middle of Things11. Midnight, or the Inertia of Being12. Living Virtually in a Cluttered HouseNotesBibliographyIndex
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Kaufman's book on Deleuze is an exemplary work, carefully argued and thought provoking. The line of discussion is lucidly presented and well conceived. * Analysis and Metaphysics *
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About Eleanor Kaufman

Eleanor Kaufman is a professor of comparative literature, English, and French and Francophone studies, as well as an affiliate in Jewish studies and the Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of The Delirium of Praise: Bataille, Blanchot, Deleuze, Foucault, Klossowski and coeditor of Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy, and Culture.
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