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Desert Islands : and Other Texts, 1953-1974 - Gilles Deleuze

Desert Islands

and Other Texts, 1953-1974

By: Gilles Deleuze, David Lapoujade (Editor), Mike Taormina (Translator)

Paperback Published: 9th January 2004
ISBN: 9781584350187
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"One day, perhaps, this century will be Deleuzian," Michel Foucault once wrote. This book anthologizes 40 texts and interviews written over 20 years by renowned French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, who died in 1995. The early texts, from 1953-1966 (on Rousseau, Kafka, Jarry, etc.), belong to literary criticism and announce Deleuze's last book, Critique and Clinic (1993). But philosophy clearly predominates in the rest of the book, with sharp appraisals of the thinkers he always felt indebted to: Spinoza, Bergson. More surprising is his acknowledgement of Jean-Paul Sartre as his master. "The new themes, a certain new style, a new aggressive and polemical way of raising questions," he wrote, "come from Sartre." But the figure of Nietzsche remains by far the most seminal, and the presence throughout of his friends and close collaborators, Felix Guattari and Michel Foucault. The book stops shortly after the publication of Anti-Oedipus, and presents a kind of genealogy of Deleuze's thought as well as his attempt to leave philosophy and connect it to the outside -- but, he cautions, as a philosopher.

Introductionp. 7
Desert Islandsp. 9
Jean Hyppolite's Logic and Existencep. 15
Instincts and Institutionsp. 19
Bergson, 1859-1941p. 22
Bergson's Conception of Differencep. 32
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Precursor of Kafka, Celine, and Pongep. 52
The Idea of Genesis in Kant's Estheticsp. 56
Raymond Roussel, or the Abhorrent Vacuump. 72
How Jarry's Pataphysics Opened the Way for Phenomenologyp. 74
"He Was My Teacher"p. 77
The Philosophy of Crime Novelsp. 81
On Gilbert Simondonp. 86
Humans: A Dubious Existencep. 90
The Method of Dramatizationp. 94
Conclusions on the Will to Power and the Eternal Returnp. 117
Nietzsche's Burst of Laughterp. 128
Mysticism and Masochismp. 131
On Nietzsche and the Image of Thoughtp. 135
Gilles Deleuze Talks Philosophyp. 143
Gueroult's General Method for Spinozap. 146
The Fissure of Anaxagoras and the Local Fires of Heraclitusp. 156
Humep. 162
How Do We Recognize Structuralism?p. 170
Three Group-Related Problemsp. 193
"What Our Prisoners Want from Us..."p. 204
Intellectuals and Powerp. 206
Remarks (on Jean-Francois Lyotard)p. 214
Deleuze and Guattari Fight Back...p. 216
Helene Cixous, or Writing in Strobep. 230
Capitalism and Schizophreniap. 232
Your Special "Desiring-Machines": What Are They?p. 242
H. M.'s Lettersp. 244
Hot and Coolp. 247
Nomadic Thoughtp. 252
On Capitalism and Desirep. 262
Five Propositions on Psychoanalysisp. 274
Faces and Surfacesp. 281
Preface to Hocquenghem's L'Apres-Mai des faunesp. 284
A Planter's Artp. 289
Notesp. 292
List of Translatorsp. 313
Indexp. 314
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ISBN: 9781584350187
ISBN-10: 1584350180
Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 9th January 2004
Publisher: Autonomedia
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.44