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Deleuze and Politics$
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Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632879

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.001.0001

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Bourgeois Thermodynamics

Bourgeois Thermodynamics

(p.121) Chapter 6 Bourgeois Thermodynamics
Deleuze and Politics

Claire Colebrook

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter raises the question of whether or not Deleuze's thought can usefully be considered to have radicalised Kantian anti-foundationalism, situating the argument in the broad context of post-structuralism's contribution to politics in general. It traces a line back from Deleuze's more overt political works with Guattari to Difference and Repetition, a work he completed shortly before meeting his future collaborator. The chapter shows that this work contains the seeds of several of the key politico-philosophical lines of flight the capitalism and schizophrenia project would develop. In particular, it focuses on the problematic of good sense and its implications for a contemporary politics. By doing so, the chapter sharpens the distinction between Deleuze's work and that of his two most important peers, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, political thought, Kantian anti-foudantionalism, post-structuralism, capitalism, schizophrenia project

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