Bourgeois Thermodynamics

Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652549 | DOI:
Bourgeois Thermodynamics

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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

Chapter.  7924 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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