Gathers 20 of Smith’s new and classic essays into one volume for the first time. Combining his most important pieces over the last 15 years along with two completely new essays, ‘On the Becoming of Concepts’ and ‘The Idea of the Open’, this volume is Smith’s definitive treatise on Deleuze. The four sections cover Deleuze’s use of the history of philosophy, his philosophical system, several Deleuzian concepts and his position within contemporary philosophy. Smith’s essays are frequent references for students and scholars working on Deleuze, and Dan Smith is widely regarded as the world’s leading commentator on Deleuze. Several of the articles have already become touchstones in the field, notably those on Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida. For anyone interested in Deleuze’s philosophy, this book is not to be missed. ; Brings together 18 key essays, plus two completely new essays, by one of the world's leading commentators on the work of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. ; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Preface; I. Deleuze and the History of Philosophy; 1. Plato; The Concept of the Simulacrum: Deleuze and the Overturning of Platonism; 2. Univocity; The Doctrine of Univocity: Deleuze’s Ontology of Immanence; 3. Leibniz; Deleuze on Leibniz: Difference, Continuity, and the Calculus; 4. Hegel; Deleuze, Hegel, and the Post-Kantian Tradition; 5. Pre- and Post-Kantianism; Logic and Existence: Deleuze on the Conditions of the Real; II. Deleuze’s Philosophical System; 6. Aesthetics; Deleuze’s Theory of Sensation: Overcoming the Kantian Duality; 7. Dialectics; Deleuze, Kant, and the Theory of Immanent Ideas; 8. Analytics; Concepts, Time, and Truth; 9. Ethics; The Place of Ethics in Deleuze’s Philosophy: Three Questions of Immanence; 10. Politics; Flow, Code, and Stock: A Note on Deleuze’s Political Philosophy; III. Five Deleuzian Concepts; 11. Desire; Deleuze and the Question of Desire: Toward an Immanent Theory of Ethics; 12. Life; “A Life of Pure Immanence”: Deleuze’s “Critique et clinique” Project; 13. Sensation; Deleuze on Bacon: Three Conceptual Trajectories in “The Logic of Sensation”; 14. The New ; The Conditions of the New; 15. The Open; The Idea of the Open: Bergson’s Three Theses on Movement; IV. Deleuze and Contemporary Philosophy; 16. Jacques Derrida, Deleuze and Derrida, Immanence and Transcendence: Two Directions in Recent French Thought; 17. Alain Badiou, Mathematics and the Theory of Multiplicities: Deleuze and Badiou Revisited; 18. Jacques Lacan, The Inverse Side of the Structure: Žižek on Deleuze on Lacan; 19. Pierre Klossowski, Klossowski’s Reading of Nietzsche: Impulses, Phantasms, Simulacra, Stereotypes; 20. Paul Patton, Deleuze and the Liberal Tradition: Normativity, Freedom, and Judgment; Bibliography; Notes; Index.
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For the last fifteen years, all of us have read one or two of Daniel Smith’s remarkable essays on Deleuze. But now, we have all of them. Finally and thankfully, we have Essays on Deleuze, a book that will become immediately essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century continental philosophy.
- Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University
Daniel W. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the world's leading commentators on Deleuze. He has translated his work, edited collections and written numerous articles on Deleuze.