Deleuze's Hume

Deleuze's Hume : Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish Enlightenment

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This book offers the first extended comparison of the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and David Hume. Jeffrey Bell argues that Deleuze's early work on Hume was instrumental to Deleuze's formulation of the problems and concepts that would remain a focus of his entire corpus. Reading Deleuze's work in light of Hume's influence, along with a comparison of Deleuze's work with William James, Henri Bergson, and others, sets the stage for a vigorous defence of his philosophy against a number of recent criticisms, and it extends the field of Deleuze studies by showing how Deleuze's thought can clarify and contribute to the work being done in political theory, cultural studies, and history, particularly the history of the Scottish Enlightenment. By engaging Deleuze's thought with the work of Hume, this book clarifies and supports the work of Deleuze and exemplifies the continuing relevance of Hume's thought to a number of contemporary debates.
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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 445g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0748634398
  • 9780748634392
  • 2,867,421

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This book offers the first extended comparison of the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and David Hume. Jeffrey Bell argues that Deleuze's early work on Hume was instrumental to Deleuze's formulation of the problems and concepts that would remain a focus of his entire corpus. Reading Deleuze's work in light of Hume's influence, along with a comparison of Deleuze's work with William James, Henri Bergson, and others, sets the stage for a vigorous defence of his philosophy against a number of recent criticisms, and it extends the field of Deleuze studies by showing how Deleuze's thought can clarify and contribute to the work being done in political theory, cultural studies and history, particularly the history of the Scottish Enlightenment. By engaging Deleuze's thought with the work of Hume, this book clarifies and supports the work of Deleuze and exemplifies the continuing relevance of Hume's thought to a number of contemporary debates. Jeffrey Bell is a Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. His research interests include continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of history and culture. In addition to numerous essays on these subjects, his published books include Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference and The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism.
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Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Staging the Mind: From Multiplicity to Belief; 2. Becoming Who We Are; 3. The Time of our Life: Historical Ontology and Creative Events; 4. Becoming Civil: History and the Discipline of Institutions; 5. Creating Culture: The Case of the Scottish Enlightenment; 6. Beyond Belief: Deleuze's Hume and the Fear of Politics; Bibliography; Index.
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About Jeffrey A. Bell

Jeffrey A. Bell is Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University.
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