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Essays Critical and Clinical

1997
Author:

Gilles Deleuze
Translated by Michael A. Greco and Daniel W. Smith

Essays Critical and Clinical

The final work of this essential thinker

This final work of one of the most important and vital figures in contemporary philosophy, includes essays, all newly revised or published here for the first time, on such diverse literary figures as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, T. E. Lawrence, Samuel Beckett, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Alfred Jarry, and Lewis Carroll, as well as philosophers such as Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.

Deleuze’s last published work exemplifies his long-standing interest in how philosophy relates to literature. This valuable study is an ideal introduction to Deleuze’s distinctive concerns.

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The final work of this essential thinker.

Essays Critical and Clinical is the final work of the late Gilles Deleuze, one of the most important and vital figures in contemporary philosophy. It includes essays, all newly revised or published here for the first time, on such diverse literary figures as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, T. E. Lawrence, Samuel Beckett, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Alfred Jarry, and Lewis Carroll, as well as philosophers such as Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.

For Deleuze, every literary work implies a way of living, a form of life, and must be evaluated not only critically but also clinically. As Proust said, great writers invent a new language within language, but in such a way that language in its entirety is pushed to its limit or its own “outside.” This outside of language is made up of affects and precepts that are not linguistic, but which language alone nonetheless makes possible. In Essays Critical and Clinical, Deleuze is concerned with the delirium-the process of Life-that lies behind this invention, as well as the loss that occurs, the silence that follows, when this delirium becomes a clinical state. Taken together, these eighteen essays present a profoundly new approach to literature by one of the greatest twentieth-century philosophers.

216 pages
Translation rights: Éditions de Minuit

Essays Critical and Clinical

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. With Félix Guattari, he coauthored Anti-Oedipus (1983), A Thousand Plateaus (1987), and Kafka (1986). He was also the author of The Fold (1993), Cinema 1 (1986), Cinema 2 (1989), Foucault (1988), and Kant’s Critical Philosophy (1985). All of these books were published in English by the University of Minnesota Press.

Daniel W. Smith has also translated Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle, both of which are forthcoming.

Michael A. Greco is a photographer and freelance translator based in Paris.

Essays Critical and Clinical

Deleuze’s last published work exemplifies his long-standing interest in how philosophy relates to literature. This valuable study is an ideal introduction to Deleuze’s distinctive concerns.

Library Journal