Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Synopsis

This book offers the first critical study of The Logic of Sense, Gilles Deleuze's most important work on language and ethics, as well as the main source for his vital philosophy of the event. Deleuze's philosophy has always promised a revolution in ethical theories and in our understanding of the relation between language, thought and action. This book develops a critical reading of Deleuze's work in order to convey the potential and risks of his new approaches to questions of how to live an intense life in response to the excitement and danger of events. This interpretation covers all aspects of Deleuze's book, including engagements with phenomenology, with analytic philosophy of language, with stoicism, with literary theory and with psychoanalysis. Its aim is to open new debates and develop current ones around Deleuze's work in philosophy, politics, literature, linguistics and sociology.

Excerpt

Deleuze’s Logic of Sense is, like most of his works, a notoriously difficult book. It is also largely neglected by commentators, who often argue that it is somewhat of an impasse in the Deleuze corpus, the work of a structuralist Deleuze, still under the influence of Lacan and psychoanalysis, two unfortunate aspects which his meeting with Guattari enabled him to get rid of – the real Deleuze, before and after Logic of Sense, the vitalist Deleuze, herald of the Bergsonian virtual, of difference, becomings and haecceities, is not found in Logic of Sense, an accident in a distinguished philosophical career.

James Williams’s book is a welcome answer to this unjust critical doxa. By engaging in a close reading of the intricacies of this complex book, which he unravels with admirable lucidity and considerable pedagogic flair, he reconstructs a fascinating, and still urgently needed, philosophical project, and puts up a spirited defence of the concepts that Deleuze develops in this book, and almost nowhere else in his works: series, sense, events, etc.

James Williams has an amazing talent for extracting simple and important questions out of an apparently abstruse argument: he does so at regular intervals, so that the reader has the comforting conviction (which, thanks to Williams is not sheer illusion) to grasp Deleuze’s argument as it unfolds and to share in his intelligence.

Now that the quasi-totality of Deleuze’s work has been translated and that we may understand the complexity in the development of his thought, the time has come to do justice to the important step in this development that Logic of Sense embodies. James Williams’s . . .

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