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Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics (Cultural Memory in the Present)by Paul Patton
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These essays provide important interpretations and analyze critical developments of the political philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. They situate his thought in the contemporary intellectual landscape by comparing him with contemporaries such as Derrida, Rorty, and Rawls and show how elements of his philosophy may be usefully applied to key contemporary issues including colonization and decolonization, the nature of liberal democracy, and the concepts and critical utopian aspirations of political philosophy. Patton discusses Deleuze's notion of philosophy as the creation of concepts and shows how this may be helpful in understanding the nature of political concepts such as rights, justice, and democracy. Rather than merely commenting on or explaining Deleuze's thought, Patton offers a series of attempts to think with Deleuzian concepts in relation to other philosophers and other problems. His book represents a significant contribution to debates in contemporary political theory, continental philosophy, and Deleuzian studies.
Book News Annotation:
Patton (philosophy, U. of New South Wales, Australia) gathers and reworks previous of his writings on the later political philosophy of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995). He focuses on three main issues: the conception of philosophy as the creation of concepts as elaborated with Félix Guattari in What is Philosophy?; attempts to understand the nature of events "by distinguishing between a virtual and an actual dimension or between pure and incarnate events," and the political nature and implications of the preceding. He carries out this discussion by describing Deleuze's thought and setting it into conversation with other issues and the works of other philosophers, including French contemporaries such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, as well as Anglophone contemporaries not often connected to Deleuze's work, such as Richard Rorty and John Rawls. Annotation Â©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
These essays provide important interpretations and analyze critical developments in the political philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.
About the Author
Paul Patton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Deleuze and the Political (2000).
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