The philosophy of Deleuze is as relevant to contemporary thought as it is obscure and complex. Deleuze at the End of the World guides readers through this maze by exploring the raw material that Deleuze took from thinkers in various fields of knowledge to construct his own concepts, some of them well known (such as Hegel, Kant, Husserl, Balibar and Blanchot) and some widely unexplored (Selme, Guillaume, Bakhtine and Dalcq). At the same time, readers will gain access to Latin American perspectives on contemporary philosophy.Contextualized with an Introduction by one of the pioneers of the Deleuzian Studies at a global level, Dorothea Olkowski, this book provides both a unique tool for comprehending the philosophy of Deleuze, but also insight into to the way it has been read in the periphery of the American and European scholarship –where “the end of the world” means not only a geographical contingency, but the encounter of thought with its own limits. This collection is both a refreshing approach to Deleuzian philosophy, as well as a continuous and innovative experience of thinking.
Dorothea E. Olkowski is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado.Julián Ferreyra is researcher at the Argentine Scientific Agency (CONICET).
With an unprecedented ability to reconstruct the singularity of the sources of Deleuzian philosophy, this collection of essays opens a unique chance to make visible other corners where his thought lives with an insistent strength. At the End of the World, elsewhere in the Cosmos where enormous forces are actualized giving new directions and shapes to a renewed virtual Deleuze.
Deleuze’s concept of ‘geophilosophy’ is brilliantly exemplified in Olkowski and Ferreyra’s volume. Written by an impressive array of Argentinian scholars, these essays make it clear that Argentina has become a global center not only for Deleuze scholarship but, even more so, for highly original and rigorous philosophical work that remains deeply informed by its Latin American context.
Focused largely but not exclusively on Difference and Repetition, the essays collected here shed new light on some of the better known pathways of Deleuze’s relations to the history of philosophy as well as some of his lesser known relations to mathematics, physics, biology and linguistics. They are a wonderful addition to the secondary literature on the sources of Deleuze’s philosophy.
“Intensity” and “Idea” are concepts that dominate this book as interpretive keys. For a philosopher like Gilles Deleuze –who thinks of philosophy as a theory of multiplicities– it is essential to approach its constructive concepts: transcendental repetition, differential singularity, structural logic, in an immanent critical perspective that supposes an impersonal vitalistic investigation of the organism, a problematization of the doctrine of the imagination, a construction of temporal syntheses and an approach to the uses of language.