Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction to Non-philosophy

Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction to Non-philosophy


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Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction to Non-philosophy by Francois Laruelle

A crucial text in the development of François Laruelle's oeuvre and an excellent starting point for understanding his broader project, Philosophies of Difference offers a theoretical and critical analysis of the philosophers of difference after Hegel and Nietzsche. Laruelle then uses this analysis to introduce a new theoretical practice of non-philosophical thought.

Rather than presenting a narrative historical overview, Laruelle provides a series of rigorous critiques of the various interpretations of difference in Hegel, Nietzsche and Deleuze, Heidegger and Derrida. From Laruelle's innovative theoretical perspective, the forms of philosophical difference that emerge appear as variations upon a unique, highly abstract structure of philosophical decision, the self-posing and self-legitimating essence of philosophy itself. Reconceived in terms of philosophical decision, the seemingly radical concept of philosophical difference is shown to configure rather the identity of philosophy as such, which thus becomes manifest as a contingent and no longer absolute form of thinking. The way is thereby opened for initiating a new form of thought, anticipated here with the development of a key notion of non-philosophy, the Vision-in-One.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826436634
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

François Laruelle is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the Université de Paris X (Nanterre) and lectures at the Collège International de Philosophie. He is the creator of the concept of 'non-philosophy', author of over twenty books, and director of L'Organisation Non-Philosophique Internationale.

Rocco Gangle is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Endicott College, USA.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction \ Instructions \ 1. Introduction: From the Aporias of Difference to the Vision-in-One \ 2. Syntax of Difference \ 3. Reality of Difference \ 4. Hegel and Heidegger \ 5. Derrida \ 6. Critique of Difference \ 7. Theory of Philosophical Decision \ Index.

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