The Deleuze Connections by John RajchmanThe Deleuze Connections by John Rajchman

The Deleuze Connections

byJohn Rajchman


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The first book to present Gilles Deleuze's philosophy in language the nonphilosopher can understand.

This book is a map of the work of Gilles Deleuze -- the man Michel Foucault would call the "only real philosophical intelligence in France." It is not only for professional philosophers, but for those engaged in what Deleuze called the "nonphilosophical understanding of philosophy" in other domains, such as the arts, architecture, design, urbanism, new technologies, and politics. For Deleuze's philosophy is meant to go off in many directions at once, opening up zones of unforeseen connections between disciplines.

Rajchman isolates the logic at the heart of Deleuze's philosophy and the "image of thought" that it supposes. He then works out its implications for social and cultural thought, as well as for art and design -- for how to do critical theory today. In this way he clarifies the aims and assumptions of a philosophy that looks constantly to invent new ways to affirm the "free differences" and the "complex repetitions" in the histories and spaces in which we find ourselves. He looks at the particular realism and empiricism that this affirmation implies and how they might be used to diagnose new forces confronting us today. In the process, he explores the many connections that Deleuze himself constructs in working out his philosophy, with the arts, political movements, even the neurosciences and artificial intelligence.

Title:The Deleuze ConnectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:175 pages, 7.8 × 5.3 × 0.6 inLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026268120X

ISBN - 13:9780262681209

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for the beginner... The blurb on the back of this excellent and reasonably concise book implies that it's a good book to read before you start with Deleuze himself. Not so - in fact, far from it. Rajchman is clearly writing for an audience that has at least dabbled in a little Deleuze, and expects them to have read widely in philosophy and other genres. Names and ideas are dropped without fanfare, without explanation, and used to thrust his lines forward. Connections everywhere... That said, if you are already familiar with Deleuze, then I suggest giving this book a read. Aside from the excess of mistakes (most likely the publisher or printer's fault, since Rajchman is too smart to make such glaring errors). the writing is fluid, a pleasure to read, and sheds light on a good number of Deleuzes ideas and their interactions. The chapters on Life and on Multiplicity were especially good. So, a worthy book, but if you're just getting interested in Deleuze, try Claire Colebrook's "Gilles Deleuze."
Date published: 2006-06-05

Editorial Reviews

Anyone who thinks Deleuze is difficult should read this extraordinary book. With language as clear as it is concise, Rajchman shows how Deleuze -- the self-styled most naïve of philosophers -- has also been the most revolutionary in his reinvention of the twentieth century's image of thought with respect to logic, ethics, and art. For those new to Deleuze, this is the first book they should read. And for those who already follow the path of philosophy, Rajchman has shown us that it is not the past century that is Deleuzian, but the one we are beginning.