Happy 91st birthday to French philosopher Gilles Deleuze! In celebration, we’re excited to share some of our publications that focus on his work.
Ramey examines the extent to which Deleuze’s ethics, metaphysics, and politics were informed by, and can only be fully understood through, hermetic tradition. He argues that the philosopher’s work represents a kind of contemporary hermeticism, a consistent experiment in unifying thought and affect, percept and concept, and mind and nature in order to engender new relations between knowledge, power, and desire.
The conviction that Gilles Deleuze is doing something radical in his work has been accompanied by a corresponding anxiety as to how to read it. In this rigorous and lucid work, Ian Buchanan takes up the challenge by answering the following questions: How should we read Deleuze? How should we read with Deleuze? In essays that address the “prehistory” of Deleuze’s philosophy, his methodology, and the utopic dimensions of his thought, Buchanan extracts an apparatus of social critique that arises from the philosopher’s utopian impulse.
In Becoming Undone, Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts—life, politics, and art—by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin’s account of the evolution of species. Connecting the naturalist’s work to the writings of Bergson, Deleuze, and Irigaray, she outlines a postmodern Darwinism that understands all of life as forms of competing and coordinating modes of openness.
Published in Cultural Politics, volume 10 and issue 3
In this essay, Roberts critiques and rearticulates the terms of Deleuze’s media philosophy in relation to work by Paul Virilio on media and warfare. The critique is organized around a study of the recent films of Jean-Luc Godard, which focus on the recurrence of the images of the mainstream culture industry and their transformation in wartime Sarajevo.
Time Travels brings Grosz’s trailblazing essays together to show how reconceptualizing temporality transforms and revitalizes key scholarly and political projects. She examines Henri Bergson’s philosophy of duration in light of the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and William James, and she discusses issues of sexual difference, identity, pleasure, and desire in relation to the thought of Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and Luce Irigaray.
Published in differences, volume 25 and issue 1
This article reflects theoretically on the conditions of possibility for critical work to be conducted in the context of the digital humanities and aims to provide a broad conceptual vocabulary suitable for supporting and expanding this rapidly changing subdiscipline. It does so by elaborating on the framework of critical technical practice (CTP) first proposed by Philip Agre. The origin of Agre’s notion of CTP is linked back to its inspiration in the specific methodologies and concepts in the work of Michel Foucault. It is also suggested that other important connections to the thought of Henri Bergson, Gaston Bachelard, Georges Canguilhem, and Gilles Deleuze can be made.
Just can’t get enough Deleuze? Check out these additional publications that feature his work.
A Deleuzian Century?, an issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (volume 96 and issue 3), edited by Ian Buchanan
“Sumud: A Palestinian Philosophy of Confrontation in Colonial Prisons,” Lena Meari, published in South Atlantic Quarterly, volume 113 and issue 3
“Figural Aesthetics,” Vlad Ionescu, published in Cultural Politics, volume 9 and issue 2