Although much has been written about Deleuze\u2019s engagement with the arts, Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy concerns the art of his philosophy. Gregory Flaxman suggests that Deleuze\u2019s notorious rejection of representation gives rise to a singular task-to create new concepts and invent new means of philosophical expression. Tracing this task throughout Deleuze\u2019s vast oeuvre, Flaxman argues that Deleuze\u2019s ambition to think and write \u201cotherwise\u201d constitutes the fabulation of philosophy itself.For Flaxman, Deleuze\u2019s philosophy is organized around the notion of the friend (philos). This book dramatizes the practice of friendship in Deleuze\u2019s intimate affairs with philosophers-including Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Kant, and Foucault-and close encounters with a range of writers, including Homer, More, Kafka, Woolf, and Borges. Flaxman traces Deleuze\u2019s relationship with Nietzsche, the friend from whom he learned to write \u201cin his own name,\u201d to explain how apprenticeship becomes the initial condition of Deleuze\u2019s philosophical method. Detailing the transformation of Nietzsche\u2019s genealogy into \u201cgeophilosophy,\u201d Flaxman goes on to show how Deleuze\u2019s philosophy of the earth precipitates his return to ancient Greece and induces his resolution to overturn Platonism. In this spirit, the book demonstrates Deleuze\u2019s evocation of the \u201cpowers of the false\u201d by examining how, in his battle against representation, he makes fiction the basis for a minor philosophy. This first volume draws to a close with a timely elaboration of Deleuze\u2019s avowed, if enigmatic, \u201cstyle as politics\u201d in an age when capitalism and communication challenge the claims of philosophy as never before.A stunning and original contribution, Flaxman\u2019s book restores the question of aesthetics to Deleuze\u2019s thinking and writing. Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy not only revitalizes our sense of the philosopher but revises the sense of his philosophy, provoking critical problems and novel possibilities with which readers will wrestle for years to come.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
"This book is a tour de force through Deleuze's itinerary, with and without Guattari, and it is singularly Deleuzean in form as well as expression: which is to say that Gregory Flaxman's method of `interpretation' is in fact the style of philosophical interpretation `invented' by Deleuze himself, and one that has under-explored ties to fabulation, the powers of the false." -Jeffrey T. Nealon, Penn State University
"Deleuze once defined the task of philosophy as requiring `someone-if only one-with the necessary modesty of not managing to know what everyone knows.' Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy returns us to Deleuze as the contemporary thinker who, more than any other, takes up that task. In lucid and yet forceful prose, Gregory Flaxman recalls and places before us the Deleuze of invention, the Deleuze who harnesses the resources of the false in order to create anew. Rather than simply repeating what Deleuze says, this powerful work invites us to enter the world of experimentation that Deleuze ceaselessly makes his own." -Todd May, Clemson University