Difference and Repetition

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Since its publication in 1968, "Difference and Repetition", an exposition of the critique of identity, has come to be considered a contemporary classic in philosophy and one of Deleuze's most important works. The text follows the development of two central concepts, those of pure difference and complex repetition. It shows how the two concepts are related, difference implying divergence and decentring, repetition being associated with displacement and disguising. The work moves deftly between Hegel, Kierkegaard,...
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Overview


Since its publication in 1968, "Difference and Repetition", an exposition of the critique of identity, has come to be considered a contemporary classic in philosophy and one of Deleuze's most important works. The text follows the development of two central concepts, those of pure difference and complex repetition. It shows how the two concepts are related, difference implying divergence and decentring, repetition being associated with displacement and disguising. The work moves deftly between Hegel, Kierkegaard, Freud, Althusser and Nietzsche to establish a fundamental critique of Western metaphysics, and has been a central text in initiating the shift in French thought - away from Hegel and Marx, towards Nietzsche and Freud.
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Alan Schrift
This is a long-overdue, and skillful, translation of one of Deleuze´s most important and original works...It occupies an important place in Deleuze´s oeuvre as the first text, following a series of historical commentaries, in which he philosophizes on his own behalf. It occupies an equally important place in the evolution of French philosophy in the 20th century, as it articulates a profound critique of the philosophy of representation while constructing a metaphysics of difference freed from subordination to a logic of identity. While charting the development through the history of philosophy of the concepts of 'pure difference´ and 'complex repetition, ´ Deleuze proposes a new image of thought, which readers familiar with his later works will recognize. A difficult and challenging text that has done as much as any to initiate the philosophy of difference that characterizes much recent French thought, this book is one of the classics of recent European philosophy.
Edouard Morot-Sir
Definitely the most important work published by Deleuze.
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An exposition of the critique of identity and one of the seminal post- existentialist, post-structuralist texts, first published in France in 1968 and defended in 1969 as Deleuze's main thesis toward his Doctorat d'Etat at the Sorbonne. Translated by Paul Patton. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826477156
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Series: Continuum Impacts Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Preface to the English Edition
Preface
Introduction: Repetition and Difference 1
Ch. I Difference in Itself 28
Ch. II Repetition for Itself 70
Ch. III The Image of Thought 129
Ch. IV Ideas and the Synthesis of Difference 168
Ch. V Asymmetrical Synthesis of the Sensible 222
Conclusion 262
Notes 305
Bibliography 334
Index 345
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