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Giles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He is a key figure in poststructuralism and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. In Foucault, Deleuze presents one of the most incisive and productive analyses of the work of Michel Foucault. This is a crucial examination of the philosophical foundations and ...more
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Published June 13th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1986)
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Jonfaith
We must take quite literally the idea that man is a face drawn in the sand between two tides: he is a composition appearing between two others, a classical past that never knew him, and a future that will no longer know him.

I remain leery of those who profess to "know" Foucault, all the epistemological breaks and fissures lead one to count more on a fluid awareness of Foucault's thought, rather than any fluency of sorts. This is one of the theses flashed by Deleuze. He rejects those who demarcat
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Jared Gee
Dec 09, 2012 Jared Gee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theory/continental people
Theory people and continental philosophy people already know what to expect of a book like this, so Im assuming you already know what you're getting into even with this review. A book like this comes only once in awhile. Michel Foucault's work is so dispersed throughout books and interviews and lectures that's its sometimes difficult to put it all together with insight that goes beyond what it is. Deleuze's book seriously goes beyond. It should be the standard by which books on other people shou ...more
Jinzhou
It's said to be the best introduction out there to Foucault's philosophy. Without previous knowledge of Foucault I came to this book as a friend who does research under Foucault's framework highly recommends it. I've read some of Deleuze's own philosophy in difference and repetition, where he revolutionizes metaphysics of the western tradition from one to many, from static to dynamic. With this knowledge, it's not difficult for me to find deep similarities between them, although it may be the re ...more
Pete
Deleuze spends most of the book translating Foucault into his own spatializing metaphors (diagrams, lines, folds), which is interesting, but he generally doesn't contribute much to my knowledge of Foucault. If anything, the Appendix is the best part, since it contains the clearest statement of what Deleuze thinks is important about Foucault's overall project.

I also thought that Deleuze gives more credit to Foucault than he is actually due in terms of the seriousness of his engagement with lingui
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Peter
Deleuze was a big fan of Foucault.
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Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, crea ...more
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“Either it is the fold of the infinite, or the constant folds [replis] of finitude which curve the outside and constitute the inside.” 4 likes
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