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Deleuze, The Dark Precursor: Dialectic, Structure, Being [NOOK Book]

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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 Lévi-Strauss, and she engages the provocative readings of Deleuze by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek.

Deleuze, The Dark Precursor is organized around three themes that critically overlap: dialectic, structure, and being. Kaufman argues ...

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Overview

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 Lévi-Strauss, and she engages the provocative readings of Deleuze by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781421406480
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: Rethinking Theory
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Deleuze's Scholasticism 1

Part 1 Dialectic

1 Solid Dialectic in Sartre and Deleuze 31

2 Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Mind 45

3 Klossowski and Orthodoxy 59

4 Cinema and the Tableau Vivant 76

Part 2 Structure

5 Betraying Well (Zizek and Badiou) 87

6 Lévi-Strauss and the Joy of Abstraction 96

7 Extreme Formality and the World without Others 109

Part 3 Being

8 French Thought and the Space of American Literature 125

9 Bartleby, the Immobile 137

10 In the Middle of Things 146

11 Midnight, or the Inertia of Being 152

12 Living Virtually in a Cluttered House 169

Notes 185

Bibliography 221

Index 235

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