Difference and Repetition

Paperback | May 18, 1995

byGilles DeleuzeTranslated byPaul Patton

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This brilliant exposition of the critique of identity is a classic in contemporary philosophy and one of Deleuze's most important works. Of fundamental importance to literary critics and philosophers,Difference and Repetition develops two central concepts-pure difference and complex repetition-and shows how the two concepts are related. While difference implies divergence and decentering, repetition is associated with displacement and disguising. Central in initiating the shift in French thought away from Hegel and Marx toward Nietzsche and Freud, Difference and Repetition moves deftly to establish a fundamental critique of Western metaphysics.

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This brilliant exposition of the critique of identity is a classic in contemporary philosophy and one of Deleuze's most important works. Of fundamental importance to literary critics and philosophers,Difference and Repetition develops two central concepts-pure difference and complex repetition-and shows how the two concepts are relate...

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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.

Gilles Deleuze, one of France's leading philosophers, was Profesor of Philosophy at the University de Paris VIII until his retirement in 1987. His other works include What is Philosophy? andThe Logic of Sense, both published by Columbia University Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 5.9 × 8.25 × 0.92 inPublished:May 18, 1995Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231081596

ISBN - 13:9780231081597

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Translator's PrefacePreface to the English EditionPrefaceIntroduction: Repetition and Difference1. Difference in Itself2. Repetition for Itself3. The Image of Thought4. Ideas and the Synthesis of Difference5. Asymmetrical Synthesis of the SensibleConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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Definitely the most important work published by Deleuze....A landmark in the development of French thought at a time when the dominant philosophies of midcentury -- existentialism and structuralism -- are deemed obsolete.