Deleuze and the Political
By Paul Patton
Routledge – 2000 – 176 pages
Series: Thinking the Political
With clarity, precision and economy, Paul Patton synthesizes the full range of Deleuze's work. He interweaves with great dexterity motifs that extend from his early works, such as Nietzsche and Philosophy, to the more recent What is Philosophy? and his key works such as Anti-Oedipus and Difference and Repetition. Throughout, Deleuze and the Political demonstrates Deleuze's relevance to theoretical and practical concerns in a number of disciplines including philosophy, political theory, sociology, history, and cultural studies.
Paul Patton also presents an outstandingly clear treatment of fundamental concepts in Deleuze's work, such as difference, power, desire, multiplicities, nomadism and the war machine and sets out the importance of Deleuze to poststructuralist political thought.
It will be essential reading for anyone studying Deleuze and students of philosophy, politics, sociology, literature and cultural studies.
'An impressive achievement. Paul Patton provides a meticulous account of the French philosopher and some time collaborator of Michel Foucault and Felix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in Deleuze.' - Australian Journal of Political Science