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Praised for its rare combination of scholarly rigor and imaginative interpretation, Nietzsche and Philosophy has long been recognized as one of the most important analyses of Nietzsche. It is also one of the best introductions to Deleuze's thought, establishing many of his central philosophical positions.

In Nietzsche and Philosophy, Deleuze identifies and explores three crucial concepts in Nietzschean thought-multiplicity, becoming, and affirmation-and clarifies Nietzsche's views regarding the will to power, eternal return, nihilism, and difference. For Deleuze, Nietzsche challenged conventional philosophical ideas and provided a means of escape from Hegel's dialectical thinking, which had come to dominate French philosophy. He also offered a path toward a politics of difference. In this new edition, Michael Hardt's foreword examines the profound influence of Deleuze's provocative interpretations on the study of Nietzsche, which opened a whole new avenue in postwar thought.

Columbia University Press

French philosopher and critic Gilles Deleuze demonstrates, with a rare combination of scholarly vigor and imaginative interpretation, how Nietzsche initiated a new mode of philosophical thinking.

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Editorial Reviews


Overall, the book is a treasure of philosophical apercus.


Overall, the book is a treasure of philosophical apercus.

The European Legacy
The fecundity of this reading and the breadth of its implications can hardly be overestimated.

— Viola Brisolin

The European Legacy - Viola Brisolin

The fecundity of this reading and the breadth of its implications can hardly be overestimated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231138772
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Series: Columbia Classics in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,014,706
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. He wrote several seminal philosophical works, including Difference and Repetition, and, with Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus, A Thousand Plateaus, and What Is Philosophy?Michael Hardt is professor of literature and romance studies at Duke University. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy and the coauthor (with Antonio Negri) of Empire and Multitude.Hugh Tomlinson is also the translator of other works by Deleuze, including Bergonism and Cinema 2: The Time Image.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English TranslationTranslator's NoteAbbreviations of Nietzsche's WOrks1. The Tragic2. Active and Reactive3. Critique4. From Ressentiment to the Bad Conscience5. The Overman: Against the DialectiveConclusionNotes

Columbia University Press

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