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Works of Gilles Deleuze (part 1)

Lecturer: Jon Roffe

Originally Taught: Evening Sem 1 2022

This full-year course will present a survey of all of the works of Gilles Deleuze. The course will be structured around a single requirement - to read and discuss each book entirely on its own terms. We will not, therefore, be looking to construct 'the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze' but just to understand, in miniature, each of his works. In this way, the aim will be to appreciate the specificity and richness of these works without subordinating them to the register of generality. The final week of the semester will be devoted to questions and discussion of the works we have discussed so far.

1. Empiricism and Subjectivity

2. Nietzsche and Philosophy

3. Kant's Critical Philosophy

4. Bergsonism

5. Coldness and Cruelty

6. Proust and Signs

7. Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza

8. Difference and Repetition I

9. Difference and Repetition II

10. Logic of Sense I

11. Logic of Sense II

12. Questions and discussion

Readings: each week, two short readings will be provided. The first will be an extract from the work under discussion, while the second will be from an interview, or some other work, that casts light on Deleuze's aims.

Level: Intermediate. No familiarity with Deleuze's philosophy will be presumed, but his works are rich and sometimes challenging.