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The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze

In Aberrant Movements: The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, David Lapoujade offers one of the first comprehensive treatments of Deleuzian thought. Drawing on the entirety of Deleuze’s work as well as his collaborations with Félix Guattari, from the “transcendental empiricism” of Difference and Repetition to the schizoanalysis and geophilosophy of Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, Lapoujade explores the central problem underlying the delirious coherence of Deleuze’s philosophy: aberrant movements.

Currencies of the Contemporary

Since the 1990s, Thai contemporary art has achieved international recognition, circulating globally by way of biennials, museums, and commercial galleries. Many Thai artists have shed identification with their nation; but “Thainess” remains an interpretive crutch for understanding their work. In this book, the curator and critic David Teh examines the tension between the global and the local in Thai contemporary art.

Embryology and the Epistemology of Rhythm, 1760–1830

The epoch around 1800 is considered by cultural historians as a decisive point in time—the transition to modernity—when the perception of living things changed in a fundamental way. Nature and all its creations were no longer seen within the framework of a rigid and timeless order, but from the perspective of coming into being, being continually reorganised and undergoing new developments.

An Essay on Infinite Naming

Homer recounts how, trapped inside a monster’s cave with nothing but his wits, Ulysses once saved himself by twisting his name. Odysseus called himself Outis: “no one,” “no man,” or, to force a translation, “not-” or “non-one.” The ploy was a success. He blinded his barbaric host and eluded him, and in doing so became anonymous, at least for a while, even as he bore a name.

Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy

The American middle class is vanishing before our eyes, losing one-third of its share of national earnings between 1970 and 2014. Meanwhile, the rich got richer and the poor stayed poor. The United States is on its way to becoming a nation of rich and poor, with fewer families in the middle. In this book, the economist Peter Temin offers an illuminating way to look at this economic divide. Temin argues that American history and politics, particularly slavery and its aftermath, play an important part in the widening gap between rich and poor.

Art and the Contemporary after 1989

What has become of the so-called West after the Cold War? After the tripartite division of the world into first, second, and third has been superseded? Why hasn’t the West simply become “former,” like its supposed counterpart, the “former East”?

The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

“I want to say to all the hacker-bards from every field—gamers, researchers, journalists, artists, programmers, scriptwriters, creators of authoring systems— . . . please know that I wrote this book for you.”
—from the introduction

Why Sustainability Matters

Most people acknowledge the profound importance of sustainability, but few can define it. We are ethically bound to live sustainably for the sake of future generations, but what does that mean? In this book Randall Curren, a philosopher, and Ellen Metzger, a scientist, clarify normative aspects of sustainability. Combining their perspectives, they propose that sustainability can be understood as the art of living well together without diminishing opportunity to live well in the future.

Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism

This book examines the intertwined histories of neoliberalism and new social conservatism—from neoconservatism per se to the religious right and communitarianism—in the recent political history of America. It argues that this remarkable political alliance was enabled by a shared conviction that the family should serve as the primary locus of welfare. Accordingly neoliberals and social conservatives converged on the idea that the poor law tradition of family responsibility would need to be reinvented as a comprehensive alternative to the mid-twentieth century welfare state.

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