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Deleuze, The Dark Precursor
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Gilles Deleuze is considered one of the most important French philosophers of the twentieth century. Eleanor Kaufman situates Deleuze in relation to others of his generation, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Blanchot, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, and she engages the provocative readings of Deleuze by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. Deleuze, The Dark Precursor is organized around three themes that critically overlap: dialectic, structure, and being. Kaufman argues that Deleuze's work is deeply concerned with these concepts, even when he advocates for the seemingly opposite notions of univocity, nonsense, and becoming. By drawing on scholastic thought and reading somewhat against the grain, Kaufman suggests that these often-maligned themes allow for a nuanced, even positive reflection on seemingly negative states of being, such as extreme inertia. This attention to the negative or minor category has implications that extend beyond philosophy and into feminist theory, film, American studies, anthropology, and architecture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Deleuze’s Scholasticism
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. PART ONE: DIALECTIC
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. 1 Solid Dialectic in Sartre and Deleuze
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 2 Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Mind
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. 3 Klossowski and Orthodoxy
  2. pp. 59-75
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  1. 4 Cinema and the Tableau Vivant
  2. pp. 76-84
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  1. PART TWO: STRUCTURE
  2. pp. 85-86
  1. 5 Betraying Well ( Žižek and Badiou)
  2. pp. 87-95
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  1. 6 Lévi-Strauss and the Joy of Abstraction
  2. pp. 96-108
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  1. 7 Extreme Formality and the World without Others
  2. pp. 109-122
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  1. PART THREE: BEING
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. 8 French Thought and the Space of American Literature
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. 9 Bartleby, the Immobile
  2. pp. 137-145
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  1. 10 In the Middle of Things
  2. pp. 146-151
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  1. 11 Midnight, or the Inertia of Being
  2. pp. 152-168
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  1. 12 Living Virtually in a Cluttered House
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-220
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 221-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-245
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