Desert Islands: and Other Texts, 1953--1974

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"One day, perhaps, this century will be Deleuzian," Michel Foucault once wrote. This book anthologizes 40 texts and interviews written over 20 years by renowned French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, who died in 1995. The early texts, from 1953-1966 (on Rousseau, Kafka, Jarry, etc.), belong to literary criticism and announce Deleuze's last book, Critique and Clinic (1993). But philosophy clearly predominates in the rest of the book, with sharp appraisals of the thinkers he always felt indebted to: Spinoza, Bergson. More surprising is his acknowledgement of Jean-Paul Sartre as his master. "The new themes, a certain new style, a new aggressive and polemical way of raising questions," he wrote, "come from Sartre." But the figure of Nietzsche remains by far the most seminal, and the presence throughout of his friends and close collaborators, Felix Guattari and Michel Foucault. The book stops shortly after the publication of Anti-Oedipus, and presents a kind of genealogy of Deleuze's thought as well as his attempt to leave philosophy and connect it to the outside — but, he cautions, as a philosopher.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584350187
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 999,695
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Félix Guattari.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Desert Islands 9
Jean Hyppolite's Logic and Existence 15
Instincts and Institutions 19
Bergson, 1859-1941 22
Bergson's Conception of Difference 32
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Precursor of Kafka, Celine, and Ponge 52
The Idea of Genesis in Kant's Esthetics 56
Raymond Roussel, or the Abhorrent Vacuum 72
How Jarry's Pataphysics Opened the Way for Phenomenology 74
"He Was my Teacher" 77
The Philosophy of Crime Novels 81
On Gilbert Simondon 86
Humans: A Dubious Existence 90
The Method of Dramatization 94
Conclusions on the Will to Power and the Eternal Return 117
Nietzsche's Burst of Laughter 128
Mysticism and Masochism 131
On Nietzsche and the Image of Thought 135
Gilles Deleuze Talks Philosophy 143
Gueroult's General Method for Spinoza 146
The Fissure of Anaxagoras and the Local Fires of Heraclitus 156
Hume 162
How Do We Recognize Structuralism? 170
Three Group-Related Problems 193
"What Our Prisoners Want From Us ..." 204
Intellectuals and Power 206
Remarks (on Jean-Francois Lyotard) 214
Deleuze and Guattari Fight Back ... 216
Helene Cixous, or Writing in Strobe 230
Capitalism and Schizophrenia 232
Your Special "Desiring-Machines": What Are They? 242
H.M.'s Letters 244
Hot and Cool 247
Nomadic Thought 252
On Capitalism and Desire 262
Five Propositions on Psychoanalysis 274
Faces and Surfaces 281
Preface to Hocquenghem's L'Apres-Mai des faunes 284
A Planter's Art 289
Notes 292
List of Translators 313
Index 314
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