Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction

Edited by Constantin V. Boundas

Pub Date: 15 Feb 2009
ISBN: 1847065171
ISBN13: 9781847065179
272 Pages

Series Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy


Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction brings together eighteen essays written by an internationally acclaimed team of scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the work of Gilles Deleuze, one of the most important and influential European thinkers of the twentieth century. Each essay addresses a central issue in Deleuze’s philosophy (and that of his regular co-author, Félix Guattari) that remains to this day controversial and unsettled. Since Deleuze’s death in 1994, the technical aspects of his philosophy have been largely neglected. These essays address that gap in the existing scholarship by focusing on his contribution to philosophy. Each contributor advances the discussion of a contested point in the philosophy of Deleuze to shed new light on as yet poorly-understood problems and to stimulate new and vigorous exchanges regarding his relationship to philosophy, schizoanlysis, his aesthetic, ethical and political thought. Together, the essays in this volume make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Deleuze’s philosophy.

Table Of Contents
Part I: Deleuze and Philosophy
1. Deleuze and the Question of Ontology, Véronique Bergen (University of Paris VIII, France)
2. The 'Future' of Deleuze: An Unfinished Project, Zsuzsa Baross (Trent University, Canada) 3. The New Harmony, Ronald Bogue (University of Georgia, USA)
4. The New Whitehead?: An Ontology of the 'Virtual' in Whitehead's Metaphysics, Keith Robinson (Davenport University, USA)
Part II: Schizoanalysis and Lacan
5. On the Idea of Pure Practical Reason in Kant, Deleuze and Lacan, Andrew Cutrofello (Loyola University Chicago, USA)
6. What if the Law is Written in a Porno Book? Deterritorializing Lacan, De-Oedipalizing Deleuze and Guattari, Shannon Winnubst (Southwestern University, USA)
7. From the Surface to the Depths: On the Transition from Logic of Sense to Anti-Oedipus, Daniel W. Smith (Purdue University, USA) Part III: Deleuze and the Arts
8. Deleuze, Philosophy and the Materiality of Painting, Darren Ambrose (University of Warwick, UK)
9. Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics of Difference, Henry Somers-Hall (University of Warwick, UK)
10. From the Death of the Author to the Disappearance of the Reader, Bruce Baugh (University College of the Cariboo, Canada) Part IV: Deleuze: The Ethical and the Political
11. Affirmation versus Vulnerability: On Contemporary Ethical Debates, Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
12. From First Sparks to Local Clashes: Which Politics Today?, Philippe Mengue (Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, France)
13. Deleuze's Practical Philosophy, Paul Patton (University of New South Wales, Australia)
14. Gilles Deleuze's Politics: From Marxism to the Missing People, Alain Beaulieu (University of Sudbury, Canada)
15. Affirmative Nomdaology and War Machine, Eugene Holland (Ohio State University, USA)
16. Deleuze and the 'Pairing at a Distance', Arnaud Villani (Lycée Masséna, Nice, France)
List of Contributors

Constantin V. Boundas is Professor of Philosophy at Trent University, Canada. He is the editor of The Deleuze Reader (Columbia UP, 1993) and, with Dorothea Olkowski, The Theater of Philosophy: Critical Essays on Gilles Deleuze (Routledge, 1994). He is also the translator of Deleuze's The Logic of Sense (Continuum, 2002) and Empiricism and Subjectivity (Columbia UP, 1991).