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Summary Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) studied at the Sorbonne and taught at various lycées before holding professorships at the University of Lyon (1964-1969) and the University of Paris VIII at Vincennes (1969-1987). Throughout his career, Deleuze sustained a profound engagement with the history of philosophy, publishing monographs on Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche and Bergson, in addition to his original philosophical work on a variety of topics including metaphysics, ethics, science, language, politics and psychoanalysis, as well as literature, cinema and painting. Nonetheless, Deleuze once called himself a “pure metaphysician,” and this characterization becomes apparent through some common themes that range across his diverse body of work: immanence (as opposed to transcendence), emergence and becoming (as opposed to persistence and being), and difference (as opposed to identity). Scholarship on Deleuze is rapidly growing and his increasing influence extends far beyond philosophy.
Key works Deleuze’s magnum opus is Difference and Repetition (1968). He is also widely known for his collaborative works with Felix Guattari, most notably the two-volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980), as well as their last collaboration, What is Philosophy? (1991). While it is difficult to isolate key texts from his work on the history of philosophy, Nietzsche and Philosophy (1962) and Bergsonism (1966) reinvigorated interest in those figures and garnered considerable attention of their own account.
Introductions Claire Colebrook’s Gilles Deleuze (2001) and Todd May’s Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction (2005) are two basic introductions to Deleuze’s thought. Daniel Smith’s Essays on Deleuze (2012) is the most comprehensive reference on Deleuze.
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  1. added 2020-06-01
    The Inhuman Overhang: On Differential Heterogenesis and Multi-Scalar Modeling.Ekin Erkan - 2020 - la Deleuziana 11:202-235.
    As a philosophical paradigm, differential heterogenesis offers us a novel descriptive vantage with which to inscribe Deleuze’s virtuality within the terrain of “differential becoming,” conjugating “pure saliences” so as to parse economies, microhistories, insurgencies, and epistemological evolutionary processes that can be conceived of independently from their representational form. Unlike Gestalt theory’s oppositional constructions, the advantage of this aperture is that it posits a dynamic context to both media and its analysis, rendering them functionally tractable and set in relation to other (...)
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    La modulation spinoziste. Pour se purifier de la philosophie.Jack Stetter - 2017 - In Timea Gyimesi (ed.), Modulation — Deleuze. Szeged, Hungary: JATE Press. pp. 49-58.
    Une analyse de la lecture de Spinoza comme penseur du "plan d'immanence pur" proposée par Deleuze dans son Qu'est-ce que la philosophie? (1991).
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    Māyā and Becoming: Deleuze and Vedānta on Attributes, Acosmism, and Parallelism in Spinoza.Michael Hemmingsen - 2018 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 10 (3):238-250.
    ABSTRACTThis paper compares two readings of Baruch Spinoza – those of Gilles Deleuze and Rama Kanta Tripathi – with a particular focus on three features of Spinoza’s philosophy: the relationship between substance and attribute; the problem of acosmism and unity; and the problem of the parallelism of attributes. Deleuze and Tripathi’s understanding of these three issues in Spinoza’s thought illustrates for us their own concerns with becoming over substance and māyā, respectively. This investigation provides not just two interesting and contradictory (...)
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    Against the Virtual: Kleinherenbrink’s Externality Thesis and Deleuze’s Machine Ontology.Ekin Erkan - 2020 - Cosmos and History 16 (1):492-599.
    Drawing from Arjen Kleinherenbrink's recent book, Against Continuity: Gilles Deleuze's Speculative Realism (2019), this paper undertakes a detailed review of Kleinherenbrink's fourfold "externality thesis" vis-à-vis Deleuze's machine ontology. Reading Deleuze as a philosopher of the actual, this paper renders Deleuzean syntheses as passive contemplations, pulling other (passive) entities into an (active) experience and designating relations as expressed through contraction. In addition to reviewing Kleinherenbrink's book (which argues that the machine ontology is a guiding current that emerges in Deleuze's work after (...)
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    Encounters with Deleuze.Constantin V. Boundas, Daniel W. Smith & Ada S. Jaarsma - 2020 - Symposium 24 (1):139-174.
    This interview, conducted over the span of several months, tracks the respective journeys of Constantin V. Boundas and Daniel W. Smith with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Rather than “becoming Deleuzian,” which is neither desirable nor possible, these exchanges reflect an array of encounters with Deleuze. These include the initial discoveries of Deleuze’s writings by Boundas and Smith, in-person meetings between Boundas and Deleuze, and the wide-ranging and influential philosophical work on Deleuze’s concepts produced by both Boundas and Smith. At (...)
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    Deleuze and Digital Ontology, A Phenomenology of Quantum Ethics.Jack Robert June Edmunds-Coopey - manuscript
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    The Logic of Expression: Quality, Quantity and Intensity in Spinoza, Hegel and Deleuze.Simon B. Duffy - 2006 - Aldershot: Ashgate.
    Engaging with the challenging and controversial reading of Spinoza presented by Gilles Deleuze in Expressionism in Philosophy (1968), this book focuses on Deleuze's redeployment of Spinozist concepts within the context of his own philosophical project of constructing a philosophy of difference as an alternative to the Hegelian dialectical philosophy. Duffy demonstrates that a thorough understanding of Deleuze's Spinozism is necessary in order to fully engage with Deleuze's philosophy of difference.
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    Review of Judith P. Butler 'Subjects of Desire. Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-century France'. [REVIEW]Sergio Volodia Marcello Cremaschi - 1990 - Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 82 (1):174-175.
    A review of Butler's first book. An English version has been posted.
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    Problematization in Foucault’s Genealogy and Deleuze’s Symptomatology: Or, How to Study Sexuality Without Invoking Oppositions.Colin Koopman - 2018 - Angelaki 23 (2):187-204.
    The work of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze frequently gave rise to a practice of philosophy as a form of critical problematization. Critical problematization both resonates between their thought and is also generative for contemporary philosophy in their wake. To examine critical problematization in each, a shared theme of inquiry provides a useful focal point. Foucault and Deleuze each deployed critical problematization in the context of studies of sexuality, a site of excited contestation that remains as crucial for us today (...)
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    Expository Society.Cansu Kandara - manuscript
    This article aims to show the expository society dynamics in the digital age with Michel Foucalt's and other critical thinkers' readings. You will find a re-reading the concept of the panopticon and a new Foucaultian power in the 21st century.
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    Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Immanence, Univocity and Phenomenology.Jack Reynolds & Jon Roffe - 2006 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 37 (3):228-251.
    This paper seeks firstly to understand Deleuze’s main challenges to phenomenology, particularly as they are expressed in The Logic of Sense and Difference and Repetition. We then turn to a discussion of one of the few passages in which Deleuze and Guattari directly engage with Merleau-Ponty, which occurs in the chapter on art in What is Philosophy? In this text, he and Guattari offer a critique of what they call the “final avatar” of phenomenology – that is, the “fleshism” that (...)
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    (Die) Abweichung.Dr Maja Bogumila Hoffmann - 2019 - Wien, Österreich: Passagen Verlag.
    Conceived as a fundamentally critical quantity, (the) deviation (clinamen, Abweichung) does not mark mere variation or a purely additional factor. To see it and to acknowledge it therefore means a political work and repeated effort that must be started again and again. -/- Once more, voices are being raised for a final claim to truth and power that in no way correspond to the growing complexity of social conditions. In view of this problem, a figure of thought is needed which (...)
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    Irigaray and Deleuze: Experiments in Visceral Philosophy.Kelly Oliver - 2001 - Hypatia 16 (1):100-102.
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    Coincidence of Comparison.Rada Iveković - 2000 - Hypatia 15 (4):224-235.
    Rada Iveković reflects on the significance of modernity in contemporary Indian philosophy. Where the orient has been figured as the other for western philosophers, she asks how Indian philosophy depicts the west, how philosophers such as Kant have been interpreted, and how thematics such as pluralism, tolerance, relativity, innovation, and curiosity about the foreign have been figured in both ancient and contemporary Indian philosophy. While working on the western side with such authors as Lyotard, Deleuze, Serres, or Irigaray, Iveković doesn't (...)
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    Resonance in Dhvani Aesthetics and the Deleuzian Logic of Sensation.Srajana Kaikini - 2018 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 12 (1):29-44.
    This paper undertakes an intersectional reading of visual art through theories of literary interpretation in Sanskrit poetics in close reading with Deleuze's notions of sensation. The concept of Dhvani – the Indian theory of suggestion which can be translated as resonance, as explored in the Rasa – Dhvani aesthetics offers key insights into understanding the mode in which sensation as discussed by Deleuze operates throughout his reflections on Francis Bacon's and Cézanne's works. The paper constructs a comparative framework to review (...)
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    The Deleuzian Revolution: Ten Innovations in Difference and Repetition.Daniel W. Smith - 2020 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 14 (1):34-49.
    Difference and Repetition might be said to have brought about a Deleuzian Revolution in philosophy comparable to Kant’s Copernican Revolution. Kant had denounced the three great terminal points of traditional metaphysics – self, world and God – as transcendent illusions, and Deleuze pushes Kant’s revolution to its limit by positing a transcendental field that excludes the coherence of the self, world and God in favour of an immanent and differential plane of impersonal individuations and pre-individual singularities. In the process, he (...)
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    Foucault, Genealogy, History.Timothy H. Wilson - 1995 - Philosophy Today 39 (2):157-170.
    This paper assesses the genealogical method of Michel Foucault, comparing it to Friedrich Nietzsche's genealogical method. It is found that the two authors share parallel metaphysical points of departure in their respective concepts of "power/knowledge" and "will to power".
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    Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction.Daniel W. Smith - 2010 - In Alan Schrift (ed.), History of Continental Philosophy, Vol. 6: Poststructuralism and Critical Theory's Second Generation. London: Acumen. pp. 91-110.
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    ¿Quién hace política? Butler, Rancière, Deleuze.Francisco Barrón - 2018 - In José Ezcurdia (ed.), Cuerpo, resistencia y producción de subjetividades frente a la lógica de la globalización capitalista. Mexico City, Mexico: CRIM-UNAM.
    Hay que enunciarlo sin contratiempos: no habría manera, el día de hoy, de pensar la subjetividad, si no se lo hace políticamente. La reafirmación de la reflexión contemporánea sobre las subjetividades -de acción, de enunciación, de sensibilidad, de pasión, etc.- sólo es posible llevarse a cabo si se acepta lo político como su ámbito. Y si se trata de pensar lo político, en el día de hoy, habría que dejar de lado una inmensidad de hábitos de pensamiento y habría que (...)
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    Poetry as Dark Precursor: Nietzschean Poetics in Deleuze's "Literature and Life".Joshua M. Hall - 2018 - Philosophy Today 62 (1):235-251.
    The present article utilizes the Nietzschean “poetics” distilled from Nietzsche’s Gay Science as an interpretive strategy for considering Deleuze’s essay “Literature and Life” in Essays Critical and Clinical. The first section considers Deleuze’s overarching project in that essay, and then repositions his thought from literature in general to “poetry” in particular, indicating both resonances between Deleuze’s understanding of “literature” and Nietzsche’s understanding of “poetry” as well as their dissonances. The second section focuses on the places in Deleuze’s analyses where he (...)
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    Santayana's Anticipations of Deleuze: Total Natural Events and Quasi-Pragmatism.Joshua M. Hall - 2017 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 53 (2):270.
    In a monograph published last year, literary theorist Mark Noble notes that, in the way Deleuze understands the relationship between materialism and subjectivity, Deleuze “also sounds curiously like Santayana.” For example, the work of both philosophers “locates human value in a source at once immanent and alien.” Noble also wonders “whether the lesson of Santayana’s own negotiation with his tendency to humanize the non-human ground of experience also anticipates the thrill Deleuze chases when positing the univocity of being.” In the (...)
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    Time-Traveling Image: Gilles Deleuze on Science-Fiction Film.Joshua M. Hall - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 50 (4):31-44.
    The first section of this article focuses on the treatment of “time travel” in science-fiction literature and film as presented in the secondary literature in that field. The first anthology I will consider has a metaphysical focus, including (a) relating the time travel of science fiction to the banal time travel of all living beings, as we move inexorably toward the future; and (b) arguing for the filmstrip as the ultimate metaphor for time. The second anthology I will consider has (...)
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    Lady Gaga as (Dis)Simulacrum of Monstrosity.George Rossolatos - 2015 - Celebrity Studies 6 (2):231-246.
    Lady Gaga’s celebrity DNA revolves around the notion of monstrosity, an extensively researched concept in postmodern cultural studies. The analysis that is offered in this paper is largely informed by Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of monstrosity, as well as by their approach to the study of sign-systems that was deployed in A Thousand Plateaus. By drawing on biographical and archival visual data, with a focus on the relatively underexplored live show, an elucidation is afforded of what is really monstrous about (...)
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    “Deleuze, Whitehead, and the ‘Beautiful Soul’”.Russell J. Duvernoy - 2019 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 13 (2):163-85.
    This paper explores one means of connection between Whitehead and Deleuze through an investigation into the figure of the ‘beautiful soul’. I first examine Deleuze’s claim that a philosophy of difference risks a ‘new’ version of the beautiful soul, situating this figure in its historical context in Hegel. I then consider why Whitehead may initially appear to fall into the trap of the beautiful soul before arguing that this is not the case. Seeing how brings Whitehead and Deleuze closer together (...)
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    Literalidad. Un acercamiento a la cuestión del "poder de la palabra".Francisco Barrón - 2011 - Alteridad y Exclusiones.
    Se revisa la cuestión del poder del lenguaje en una comparación entre las teorías del lenguaje de la sofística antigua y las de los pensadores franceses Gilles Deleuze y Louis Althusser.
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    The Pure Form of Time and the Powers of the False.Daniel W. Smith - 2019 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 81 (1):29-51.
    This paper explores the relation of the theory of time and the theory of truth in Deleuze’s philosophy. According to Deleuze, a mutation in our conception of time occurred with Kant. In antiquity, time had been subordinated to movement, it was the measure or the “number of movement” (Aristotle). In Kant, this relation is inverted: time is no longer subordinated to movement but assumes an independence and autonomy of its own for the first time. In Deleuze’s phrasing, time becomes the (...)
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    Metaphysics and Ontology.Daniel W. Smith - 2009 - In Beth Lord & John Mullarkey (eds.), Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy. London: Continuum. pp. 55-68.
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    Review of Félix Guattari, The Anti-Oedipus Papers. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2006 - Radical Philosophy 140:35-39.
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    André Leroi-Gourhan.Daniel W. Smith - 2019 - In Graham Jones & Jon Roffe (eds.), Deleluze's Philosophical Lineage II. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 255-274.
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    Имманентность и желание: Делёз и политическое.Daniel W. Smith - 2019 - Stasis 7 (1):140-156.
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    Immanence and Desire: Deleuze and the Political.Daniel W. Smith - 2019 - Stasis 7 (1):124-138.
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    Saf İçkin Yaşam: Deleuze'ün "Kritik ve Klinik" Projesi.Daniel W. Smith - 2013 - Istanbul: Norgunk Yayıncılık.
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    "What I Hear is Thinking Too": Deleuze and Guattari Go Pop.Daniel W. Smith & Timothy S. Murphy - 2001 - Echo 3 (1).
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    Deleuze: A Philosophy of the Event.Gregg Lambert & Daniel W. Smith (eds.) - 2012 - Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
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    From the Surface to the Depths: On the Transition From Logic of Sense to Anti-Oedipus.Daniel Smith - 2006 - Symposium 10 (1):135-153.
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    Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (Translation).Daniel W. Smith (ed.) - 2003 - London: Continuum.
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    Deleuze’s Theory of Sensation: Overcoming the Kantian Duality.Daniel W. Smith - 1996 - In Paul Patton (ed.), Deleuze: A Critical Reader. New York: Blackwell. pp. 29-56.
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    The Conflict of the Faculties in Hume: The Position of "Of the Standard of Taste" in the Principles of Human Nature.Daniel W. Smith - manuscript
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    The Rhyme That Remains: Populist Poetics.Virgil W. Brower - 2012 - Everyday Genius 6 (21):61-81.
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    Review of Gilles Deleuze, Two Regimes of Madness. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2007 - Teaching Philosophy 30 (2):237-241.
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    Review of Gilles Deleuze, Desert Islands and Other Texts. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (1):95-99.
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    Review of Gilles Deleuze, Pure Immanence: Essays on a Life. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2002 - Teaching Philosophy 25 (4):394-396.
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    Sense and Literality: Why There Are No Metaphors in Deleuze’s Philosophy.Daniel W. Smith - 2019 - In Dorothea Olkowski & Eftichis Pirovolakis (eds.), Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy of Freedom: Freedom’s Refrains. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 44-67.
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    7000 B. C.: Apparatus of Capture.Daniel W. Smith - 2018 - In Henry Somers-Hall, James Williams & Jeffrey Bell (eds.), A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 223-241.
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    Raymond Ruyer: Une Métaphysique des Forms Absolues.Daniel W. Smith - 2018 - In During & Emmanuel Alloa (eds.), Choses en soi: Métaphysique du réalisme. Paris: PUF. pp. 395-408.
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    Pierre Klossowski: From Theatrical Theology to Counter-Utopia.Daniel W. Smith - 2017 - In Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail & Daniel W. Smith (eds.), Pierre Klossowski, Living Currency. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 1-40.
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    Review of Raymond Ruyer, Neofinalism. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2017 - Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 27:116-128.
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    Deleuze, Kant, and the Transcendental Field.Daniel W. Smith - 2015 - In Craig Lundy & Daniela Voss (eds.), At the Edges of Thought: Deleuze and Post-Kantian Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 25-43.
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    Review of James Williams, Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time. [REVIEW]Daniel W. Smith - 2013 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013:pp. 1-8.
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    Francois Zourabichvili and the Physics of Thought.Daniel W. Smith & Gregg Lambert - 2012 - In Gregg Lambert & Daniel W. Smith (eds.), Deleuze: A Philosophy of the Event. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 19-31.
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