Difference and Repetition

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Athlone Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Difference (Philosophy). - 350 pages
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Difference and Repetition, a brilliant exposition of the critique of identity, has come to be considered a contemporary classic in philosophy and one of Deleuze's most original works. Successfully defended in 1969 as Deleuze's main thesis toward his Doctorat d'Etat at the Sorbonne, the work has been central in initiating the shift in French thought away from Hegel and Marx, towards Nietzsche and Freud. The text follows the development of two central concepts, those of pure difference and complex repetition. It shows how the two concepts are related - difference implying divergence and decentering, and repetition implying displacement and disguising. In its explication the work moves deftly between Hegel, Kierkegaard, Freud, Althusser, and Nietzsche to establish a fundamental critique of Western metaphysics. Difference and Repetition has become essential to the work of literary critics and philosophers alike, and this translation his been long awaited.

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User Review  - Ahmed Hassan - Goodreads

This is by far the best book Gilles Deleuze ever wrote! The difficulty with reading Deleuze is that his terminology is so dynamic; however, The first three chapters are incredible. It worth reading Read full review

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User Review  - Jed - Goodreads

This book contains the core of Deleuze's thought and is the most coherent and direct statement of his philosophical ideas which would later be put to use in his collaborations with Felix Guattari ... Read full review

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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Felix Guattari.

Paul Patton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where he specializes in continental European philosophy and political theory. His publications include "Deleuze and Political Theory" (1996); the English-language translation of Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition" (1994); and Nietzsche, "Femisinism and Political Theory" (1993), of which he is the editor.

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