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Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze

The Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze takes up Deleuze's most powerful argument on the task of contemporary philosophy in the West. Deleuze argues that it is only through a creative engagement with the forms of non-philosophy--notably modern art, literature and cinema--that philosophy can hope to attain the conceptual resources to restore the broken links of perception, language and emotion. In short, this is the only future for philosophy if it is to repair its fragile relationship to immanence to the world as it is.A sequence of dazzling essays analyze Deleuze's investigations into the modern arts. Particular attention is paid to Deleuze's exploration of Liebniz in relation to modern painting and of Borges to an understanding of the relationship between philosophy, literature and language. By illustrating Deleuze's own approach to the arts, and to modern literature in particular, the book demonstrates the critical significance of Deleuze's call for a future philosophy defined as an "art of inventing concepts."
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Preface: On the art of commentary. Part I On the image of thought from Leibniz to Borges ("time of its hinges"); Philosophy and "non-philosophy"; How time places truth in crisis; How the problem of judgement; The paradox of concepts. Part II On the (baroque) line: "The mind-body problem" and the art of cryptography; The riddle of the flesh (the "fuscum subnigrum"); On God (the "place vide"). Part III On the powers of the false: The baroque detective - Borges as prosecutor; How the true world became a fable; Artaud's problem and ours - belief in the world as it is; On the uses (and abuses) of literature for life. Conclusion: On the art of creating concepts.

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Gregg Lambert is Dean's Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, New York, USA.


..".It is the most detailed and extensive investigation of the non-philosophy of Deleuze to have been published in English to date...Lambert largely forgoes a didactic approach, opting instead for a more embodied account of the relation between philosophy and 'non-philosophy' that draws on a variety of different media-architecture, painting, literature, film and theater-to illustrate the indebtedness of Deleuze's philosophical oeuvre to such non-philosophical modes of creative and artistic practice...Lambert sets out some of the implications of the aforementioned crises: the problem of judgment in an age that has witnessed the overturning of rationalist principles regarding the ordering of the of the remarkable achievements of The Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze is the way in which, contra many other commentaries on Deleuze, it remains faithful to the pragmatism of Deleuze's work in a way that actually develops and deepens this dimension of the latter's thinking, never losing sight of the initial point of departure: the crisis of the Baroque andA what it can teach us about the crisis of our contemporary age...Nevertheless, Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze contributes substantially to the current debates around the political and ethicalA status of his work (brought so profoundly into relief by Badiou) and, hopefully, it will inspire others to start taking his work along new lines and trajectories without losing sight of the impasses and shortcomings that continue to affect the reception of Deleuze's work in the English speakingA world." -Marcel Swiboda, Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Vol. 12A A

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