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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262195763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262195768
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #518,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this work of great poise and deep insight Steven Shaviro draws a new and important diagram of the relations between the philosophies of Kant, Whitehead, and Deleuze. In so doing, he opens up novel and productive lines of enquiry for each thinker, most notably in the field of aesthetics. This is a book of mature and yet quick-witted philosophical critique with ramifications through many contemporary problems and debates (in philosophy, critical theory, theology and aesthetics -- to name but some). Very few readers will fail to be touched and excited by the ideas he develops with free-ranging boldness tempered by an appropriate aesthetic feel and tact. Shaviro achieves the extraordinarily difficult task of combining thoughtful rigour, intellectual generosity free of resentments and compartments, and carefully argued textual interpretation." --James Williams, University of Dundee

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Steven Shaviro is DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of Passion and Excess: Blanchot, Bataille, and Literary Theory and The Cinematic Body.

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By Barry Allen on Jan. 27 2012
Format: Hardcover
Gilles Deleuze has a growing readership in English philosophy, where for long he was eclipsed by brilliant contemporaries like Derrida and Foucault. It is good that we are coming to appreciate his highly original and fascinatingly intricate philosophy. He worked with integrity and genius to do something different in philosophy from everything he was hearing in contemporaries. None of the familiar labels--structuralism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics--apply to him. One thing he shares with all of these movements, however, is a conviction of Nietzsche's importance, and his Nietzsche and Philosophy is second only to Heidegger in influencing how we understand Nietzsche's accomplishment.

The passion for Nietzsche sets Deleuze apart from another quasi-outsider whom he somewhat resembles--Alfred North Whitehead. Whitehead is another original, who wanted to do something new and different in philosophy, and not become mired in a polemic about "metaphysics" and whether it is finished. Shaviro thinks philosophy would be a lot different if Whitehead had enjoyed the attention the last century lavished on Heidegger and continues to lavish on Nietzsche. He epitomizes their difference in terms of their guiding question. Heidegger asks, What is the meaning of being? Whitehead asks, How is it that there is always something new? For Heidegger, metaphysics has always said the same, a monotonous litany of the names of Being. Whitehead is interested not in what metaphysics has always said, but what it has never yet said, even denied and rejected: the body, emotion, inconstancy, change, contingency, perspective.

Deleuze writes appreciatively of Whitehead, but learns more from Bergson (whose current renaissance is largely his doing).
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