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The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze (Renewing Philosophy) Hardcover – March 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1403997807 ISBN-10: 1403997802

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403997802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403997807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Toscano's exploration of the 'ontology of anomalous individuation' marks a new departure in the field of bio-philosophy at the same time as it recasts the image of post-Kantian philosophy. In a series of elegant and insightful readings, Toscano traces the disruptive effect of anomalous individuation on attempts to establish regimes of representative thought in philosophy and biology. With its historical erudition and its original insight into the relationship between ontology, ethics and the philosophy of life, Toscano's book is an outstanding performance that will set new standards for debate in its field.' - Howard Caygill, Professor of Cultural History, Goldsmiths College, UK 'This is a very important and ambitious book. Marshalling an impressive history of modern and contemporary philosophy (between Kant and Simondon), and using the question of individuation as its guiding thread, it reproblematizes Deleuzean ontology and its bio-constructivist project. Toscano offers us an essential contribution to the debate over contemporary materialism in European philosophy, such as it is dramatised today between Deleuze and Badiou. A rare experience of intellectual delight and a real companion to thought. Towards a new Deleuze?' - Eric Alliez, Senior Research Fellow in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, UK 'I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those interested in the question of individuation, more generally the problem of nature itself, and the continuing debates surrounding the philosophy of Deleuze.' - Anthony Paul Smith, Journal of Cultural and Relgious Theory

About the Author

ALBERTO TOSCANO is a lecturer in sociology and a member of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths College. He is the author of articles on Schelling, Simondon and Badiou, as well as the co-editor of Alain Badiou's Theoretical Writings and On Beckett. His current research focuses on the link between contemporary ontology and the idea of communism.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Hill on May 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely useful book. Toscano's exposition is supple, definite, and fresh throughout. Of the names mentioned in the product description, Toscano spends the most time on Deleuze, and the least on Peirce. Whitehead also receives substantial treatment, as do (to a lesser extent) Ravaisson and James. The basic idea is that, beginning with the 'scandal of the teleological' in Kant's later work, we can trace the emergence of a single problem through the work of the above mentioned thinkers. It is Toscano's opinion that this problem - the problem of individuation - receives its most adequate formulation/resolution in Deleuze's philosophy. To be clear, individuation is not simply a historical trope which allows us to tell a coherent story about the development of philosophy - it is also a conceptual trope which lies at the base of many contemporary issues. By attacking the problem at the source, you produce a unified attitude towards an otherwise diverse set of issues.

One such issue, which Toscano mentions but does not develop, concerns the 'ethical' aspect of individuation. Who acts in the 'theatre of production'? What is the 'experience' of philosophy? Presumably these are both instances wherein we are individuated in a certain manner: specifically, individuated to act in one way rather than another, or to pursue one line of thought rather than another. To explain the capacity for 'anomalous' (yet nonetheless valid) judgements of this sort, is to offer an account of ethical individuation. And so on for all the other instances of this problem.

I highly recommend this text.
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