What Is Philosophy?

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Called by many France's foremost philosopher, Gilles Deleuze is one of the leading thinkers in the Western World. His acclaimed works and celebrated collaborations with F?lix Guattari have established him as a seminal figure in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy. The long-awaited publication of What is Philosophy? in English marks the culmination of Deleuze's career.

Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts, seeing as means of ...

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Overview

Called by many France's foremost philosopher, Gilles Deleuze is one of the leading thinkers in the Western World. His acclaimed works and celebrated collaborations with Félix Guattari have established him as a seminal figure in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy. The long-awaited publication of What is Philosophy? in English marks the culmination of Deleuze's career.

Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts, seeing as means of confronting chaos, and challenge the common view that philosophy is an extension of logic. The authors also discuss the similarities and distinctions between creative and philosophical writing. Fresh anecdotes from the history of philosophy illuminate the book, along with engaging discussions of composers, painters, writers, and architects.

A milestone in Deleuze's collaboration with Guattari, What is Philosophy? brings a new perspective to Deleuze's studies of cinema, painting, and music, while setting a brilliant capstone upon his work.

Columbia University Press

Deleuze, one of France's leading philosophers, and collaborator Guattari detail their conception of philosophy and discuss their understanding of the relationships between philosophy, science and the arts. They then explore the connection between philosophy and the history of social and cultural developments in the West.

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R. E. Palmer
Packed with insights into historical periods, art, and philosophy...a particular strength of the book is the depth of its exploration of philosophical concepts—both what they are and what they presuppose. A pleasure to read, this is a rigorous structural reflection of the philosophical concept and a genuine contribution to philosophy. Highly recommended.
Booknews
Translated from the French original 1991, Les Editions de Minuit, presents the culminating work of eminent philosopher Deleuze and his collaborator Guattari, a psychoanalyst. In their maturity, they present a revolutionary theory of philosophy that also develops a new understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, science, and the arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Meet the Author

Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He died in November 1995. Among his many works are The Logic of Sense, Difference and Repetition, and Nietzche and Philosophy, all published by Columbia University Press.Félix Guattari, a practicing psychoanalyst in Paris until his death in 1992, collaborated with Deleuze on four books, including Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.

Columbia University Press

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