Pure Immanence

Pure Immanence : Essays on A Life

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Pure Immanence collects the essays of Gilles Deleuze on a complex theme at the heart of his philosophy. In his last piece of writing, included here, Deleuze gives a simple name to this problem: "a life." Newly translated and gathered in one volume for the first time, the essays in Pure Immanence capture Deleuze's persistent search throughout his philosophical work for a new and superior form of empiricism that rethinks the relation of thought to life. "I have always felt," writes Deleuze, "that I am an empiricist, that is, a pluralist."

Announced in his very first book on David Hume, then pursued in his early studies of Nietzsche and Bergson and in his later "clinical" essays, the issue of an "empiricist conversion" was central to Deleuze's thinking, in particular to his aesthetics and his conception of the art of cinema. For Deleuze, such a conversion, such an empiricism, such a new art and will-to-art were, in fact, what was most needed in the new regime of communication and information-machines.

The last, seemingly minor question of "a life" is thus inseparable from Deleuze's striking image of philosophy not as a wisdom we already possess, but as a pure immanence of what is yet to come. Pure Immanence exposes the new and urgent problems such a philosophy confronts today, one whose most difficult task, the invention of "a life," has yet to be achieved.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 227g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1890951250
  • 9781890951252
  • 172,738

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A glimpse into some seminal themes of [Deleuze's] work. This book is worth purchasing for the Nietzsche essay alone.--Jennifer Matey, Metapsychology
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About Gilles Deleuze

Nuriye Nalan Sahin-Hodoglugil, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., is affiliated with the Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Public Health Department, Ankara, Turkey, and also with the Bay Area International Group, at the University of California, School of Public Health. She is the author of recent articles in Contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
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