Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide

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Throughout his career, Deleuze developed a series of original philosophies of time and applied them successfully to many different fields. Now James Williams presents Deleuze's philosophy of time as the central concept that connects his philosophy as a whole. The result is an important reading of Deleuze and the first full interpretation of his philosophy of time.

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Why Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time?

Why study Deleuze’s philosophy of time rather than any other aspect of his philosophy? Why give time such prominence among the rich and varied lines of thought he gives to us? Two answers guide the following reading of the work on time in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition and Logic of Sense. First, in those books, Deleuze sets out one of the most original and sophisticated philosophies of time to have appeared in the history of philosophy. It ranks alongside the work on time achieved by Kant in the Critique of Pure Reason, Heidegger in Being and Time and later essays, and by Henri Bergson in Time and Free Will and Matter and Memory. It allows for productive debates with the emerging scientific and philosophical views of time in twentieth-century physics, not only in terms of dynamic systems and relativity but also in terms of quantum mechanics. It closes but also interacts with work in phenomenology and post-Kantian transcendental philosophy. Deleuze’s philosophy takes seriously and even extends Nietzsche’s extraordinary suggestions about time and eternal return. It responds to Platonic theories of circular time and other theories of metempsychosis. It renews the philosophy of time as studied by the Stoics. the philosophy is partly developed in relation to theories of time as they relate to modern theories of the unconscious. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it suggests a metaphysical model of time relating to problems concerning time in evolutionary theory and in questions of genesis as they impinge on action. in short, Deleuze’s philosophy of time is a new philosophy of time at the crossroads of the history of philosophy . . .

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