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Gilles Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition": A Critical Introduction and Guide (review)

Gilles Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition": A Critical Introduction and Guide (review) Book Reviews James Williams. Gilles Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition": A Critical Introduction and Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003. REBECCA BAMFORD "Like most works of great philosophical originality," writes James Williams of Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition (hereafter DR), "the book is as difficult as it is important" (2). This is certainly true of DR, in which Deleuze attempts to prioritize the principle of difference over the principle of identity, all within the framework of a critique of the history of Western philosophy. Thankfully, however, Williams's reading of Deleuze is able to capture the originality of DR while liberating those of us who, like this author, are not completely au fait with the intricacies of Deleuzian thought, from some of the quandaries engendered by its inherent complexity. In writing this book, Williams's intention is to critically analyze the methodology and the arguments contained in Deleuze's book. Williams treats DR--uncontroversially, I think--as the "keystone" of Deleuze's work taken as a whole, and also as a book that is of deep significance to the broader history of philosophy. His introduction spells out the finer details of this broader significance of DR, in addition to offering some admirably concise explanations of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Gilles Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition": A Critical Introduction and Guide (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 31 (1) – Jun 14, 2006

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Book Reviews James Williams. Gilles Deleuze's "Difference and Repetition": A Critical Introduction and Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003. REBECCA BAMFORD "Like most works of great philosophical originality," writes James Williams of Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition (hereafter DR), "the book is as difficult as it is important" (2). This is certainly true of DR, in which Deleuze attempts to prioritize the principle of difference over the principle of identity, all within the framework of a critique of the history of Western philosophy. Thankfully, however, Williams's reading of Deleuze is able to capture the originality of DR while liberating those of us who, like this author, are not completely au fait with the intricacies of Deleuzian thought, from some of the quandaries engendered by its inherent complexity. In writing this book, Williams's intention is to critically analyze the methodology and the arguments contained in Deleuze's book. Williams treats DR--uncontroversially, I think--as the "keystone" of Deleuze's work taken as a whole, and also as a book that is of deep significance to the broader history of philosophy. His introduction spells out the finer details of this broader significance of DR, in addition to offering some admirably concise explanations of

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Published: Jun 14, 2006

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