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Gilles Deleuze's <i>Difference and Repetition</i>: A Critical Introduction and Guide Paperback – March 31, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0748618187 ISBN-10: 074861818X

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (March 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074861818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748618187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a mark of quality that Williams's book helps the reader to grasp firmly some of the most difficult questions that arise onreading Difference and Repetition...[The book] is written in an accessible style and takes a bold and clear interpretativestand in response to the two challenges of illustrating Deleuze's philosophy in relation to our lives and of explaining some of histechnical innovations in a critical manner...The book will certainly motivate any reader to study Deleuze.

(Isabella Palin The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology)

This book is a turning point for those interested in Deleuze that will mean that writing on Deleuze will never be thesame...Williams has produced an exemplary reading of what he rightly calls 'one of the great philosophical works of thetwentieth century'...This book deserves to be called a major event in Deleuze scholarship.

(Iain MacKenzie Poststructural & Radical Politics Newsletter)

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A major event in Deleuze scholarship.

(John Protevi, Louisiana State University)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francis J. Dintino on March 10, 2005
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To be perfectly honest, this book helped to reinvigorate an interest in Difference and Repetition, a book that I had formerly passed over because on first read I found the contents inaccessible, at least at the time. And - in all fairness - Williams' book offers a number of hints that helped me to understand Deleuze's magnum opus. But that is really all this book has to offer: hints. As one reviewer pointed out, it can work to Williams' detriment that he insists on keeping a constant dialogue with analytical philosophy. I would go one step further and say that Williams' habit of repeating the same complaints which would-be analytical philosophers might raise, and always deferring any lucid answer to these questions, borders on tedium. This is not the only thing that is tedious about this work, as one quickly becomes aware after sampling just a bit of the prose. For instance, Williams often interrupts his train of thought with bizarre and unhelpful remarks (e.g. "Who are you stranger? What reasons brought you here?").

If you're looking for a clarification of Deleuze's chef d'oeuvre, this book will help to some degree. If you don't feel like weeding through the tedium of "Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition" I recommend looking elsewhere - Manuel Delanda's "Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy" is a nice alternative.
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By Wayne on June 20, 2013
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Williams is the only close reading of Difference and Repetition (D&R) which also critiques Deleuze's thinking as he goes, which was a bit confusing trying to get through D&R but more helpful now as I try to assess what I read. I got the most help out of Sommers-Hall close reading (p. 62 on) and second best help from Hughes' close reading (Beginning to page 86). Williams came in third.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on February 17, 2012
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There are two commentaries on Difference and Repetition in English. There is this book by James Williams and there is Deleuze's Difference and Repetition: A Reader's Guide (Reader's Guides) by Joe Hughes. I have gone back and forth in terms of which I think is better. The first time I tried reading through both of them I thought Joe Hughes' book was clearly superior. I am currently taking part in an independent study/reading group on Deleuze and have started reading through them again and this time around I am finding James Williams' book to be superior. Ultimately I think they both have strengths and they both have weaknesses. Neither one of them is perfect, but they complement each other fairly well so I recommend reading both of them. Anyone coming to Difference and Repetition for the first time is going to need all the help they can get.

I will try to list some of the strengths and weaknesses of this book. A number of the reviewers have complained about Williams' tendency to bring in critiques from analytic philosophy as well as his tendency to throw in sometimes cryptic interjections throughout the text.

I actually think that both of those "weaknesses" are strengths, at least in principle. In regard to his tendency to bring in critiques from analytic philosophy, I think it is often very difficult to understand a philosopher if you do not understand the reasons or arguments that underlie their positions. Simply listing a philosopher's positions on various subjects is usually not very helpful.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elkin Andrés Heredia Ríos on September 12, 2009
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This book is good. But, if you want something more complex, more historical, this is not the book you need. The quotes of other philosopher are zero. The confrontation with other works of Deleuze is nule.

Anyway, in so far as this book is introductory for the reading of DR is a decent book.

I spent this dollars, and I don't have any regrets about that.
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