Deleuze and Derrida: Difference and the Power of the Negative

Deleuze and Derrida - Difference and the Power of the Negative

by Vernon W. Cisney 

The first scholarly comparative analysis of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze’s philosophies of difference…

“Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze are best known for their respective attempts to theoretically formulate non-dialectical conceptions of difference. Now, for the first time, Vernon W. Cisney brings you a scholarly analysis of their contrasting concepts of difference.”

“Cisney distinguishes their conceptions of difference by differentiating them on the basis of the criticisms they level against Hegel, as well as their valorisations of Nietzsche, and the ways in which they understand Nietzsche’s thought to surpass that of Hegel. The contrast between the two, Cisney argues, is that while Deleuze formulates an affirmative conception of difference, Derrida’s différance amounts to an irresolvable negativity.”

.Situates the philosophy of difference within the broader context of the history of philosophy, going back to its beginnings in Plato and Aristotle

.Focuses on the positions that Derrida and Deleuze occupy with respect to the Hegel-Nietzsche-Heidegger triumvirate

.Provides the first in-depth analysis of the defining distinction between Derrida and Deleuze, out of which most of the other differences (ethical, political, etc.) between the two can be more richly understood

.Offers an original understanding of the history and trajectory of continental philosophy specifically, rooted in an engagement with Husserl’s time-consciousness analysis and in Deleuze’s adoption of Bergson’s thinking

★Deleuze and Derrida: Difference and the Power of the Negative
★Vernon W. Cisney
★201809(Edinburgh University Press)

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Part I: Introduction
1. The Question
2. Grounding the Question
Part II: The Tremendous Power of the Negative
3. The Two Pillars of Deconstruction
4. Deleuze and Hegelian Difference
5. The Tremendous Power of the Negative
Part III: Thinking Difference Itself
6. Traces and Ashes
7. Deleuze, Plato’s Reversal, and Eternal Return
8. Derrida, Deleuze, and Difference
Part IV: Implications and Conclusions
9. Deconstruction v. Constructivism
10. Conclusion(s)
Bibliography.

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