François Dosse: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives (2007/2011)

6 December 2011, dusan

In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus.

François Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history—particularly the turbulent time of May 1968—play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari’s posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

Originally published as Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari. Biographie croisée, Editions La Decouverte, Paris, 2007
Translated by Deborah Glassman
Publisher Columbia University Press, 2011
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
ISBN 0231145616, 9780231145619
672 pages

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Mark Poster, David Savat (eds.): Deleuze and New Technology (2009)

4 November 2010, dusan

In a world where our lives are increasingly mediated by technologies it is surprising that more attention is not paid to the work of Gilles Deleuze. This is especially strange given Deleuze’s often explicit focus and reliance on the machine and the technological. This volume offers readers a collective and determined effort to explore not only the usefulness of key ideas of Deleuze in thinking about our new digital and biotechnological future but, also aims to take seriously a style of thinking that negotiates between philosophy, science and art. This exciting collection of essays will be of relevance not only to scholars and students interested in the work of Deleuze but, also, to those interested in coming to terms with what might seem an increasing dominance of technology in day to day living.

Contributors to this volume include: William Bogard, Abigail Bray, Ian Buchanan, Verena Conley, Ian Cook, Tauel Harper, Timothy Murray, Saul Newman, Luciana Parisi, Patricia Pisters, Mark Poster, Horst Ruthrof, David Savat, Bent Meier Sørensen and Eugene Thacker.

Publisher Edinburgh University Press, 2009
Deleuze Connections series
ISBN 0748633367, 9780748633364
275 pages

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Patricia Pisters: The Matrix of Visual Culture. Working with Deleuze in Film Theory (2003)

13 October 2010, dusan

This book explores Gilles Deleuze’s contribution to film theory. According to Deleuze, we have come to live in a universe that could be described as metacinematic. His conception of images implies a new kind of camera consciousness, one that determines our perceptions and sense of selves: aspects of our subjectivities are formed in, for instance, action-images, affection-images and time-images. We live in a matrix of visual culture that is always moving and changing. Each image is always connected to an assemblage of affects and forces. This book presents a model, as well as many concrete examples, of how to work with Deleuze in film theory. It asks questions about the universe as metacinema, subjectivity, violence, feminism, monstrosity, and music. Among the contemporary films it discusses within a Deleuzian framework are Strange Days, Fight Club, and Dancer in the Dark.

Publisher Stanford University Press, 2003
Cultural Memory in the Present series
ISBN 0804740283, 9780804740289
303 pages

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Manuel DeLanda: A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006)

12 July 2009, dusan

Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. In his new book, he offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entitles, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, Delanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the autonomy of social entities from the conceptions we have of them. This highly original and important book takes the reader on a journey that starts with personal relations and climbs up one scale at a time all the way to territorial states and beyond. Only by experiencing this upward movement can we get a sense of the irreducible social complexity that characterizes the contemporary world.

Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006
ISBN 0826491693, 9780826491695
142 pages

Keywords and phrases
deterritorialization, Gilles Deleuze, Fernand Braudel, Manuel DeLanda, Thousand Plateaus, Felix Guattari, Anthony Giddens, Charles Tilly, causal, Max Weber, Ian Hacking, emergent properties, Pierre Bourdieu, nation-states, assemblage theory, economies of agglomeration, interac, phase space, linguistic, Michel Foucault

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commentary from DeLanda reading group: Introduction (Levi Bryant); Chapter I (Levi Bryant); Chapter II (Alex Reid); Chapter III (Michael~); Chapter IV, part 1 & part 2 (Mark Edward); Chapter V

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Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari: A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980/2005)

2 April 2009, dusan

A Thousand Plateaus continues the work Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari began in Anti-Oedipus and has now become established as one of the classic studies of the development of critical theory in the late twentieth century. It occupies an important place at the center of the debate reassessing the works of Freud and Marx, advancing an approach that is neither Freudian nor Marxist but which learns from both to find an entirely new and radical path. It presents an attempt to pioneer a variety of social and psychological analyses free of the philosophical encumbrances criticized by postmodern writers. A Thousand Plateaus is an essential text for feminists, literary theorists, social scientists, philosophers, and others interested in the problems of contemporary Western culture.

Originally published as Mille Plateaux, volume 2 of Capitalisme et Schizophrénie © 1980 by Les Editions de Minuit, Paris.
Translation and Foreword by Brian Massumi
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816614024, 978-0816614028
632 pages

Key words and phrases: deterritorialization, abstract machine, rhizome, body without organs, semiotic, haecceities, war machine, stratum, black hole, nomad, fascism, destratification, psychoanalysis, line of flight, Gilles Deleuze, molar, haptic, schizoanalysis, surplus value, Paul Virilio

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