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Between Deleuze and Foucault

Edited by Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail, Daniel W. Smith

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The first rigorous, comparative discussion of Deleuze and Foucault: their philosophical relationship, their personal relationship and their divergences

Deleuze and Foucault had a long, complicated and productive relationship, in which each was at various times a significant influence on the other. This collection combines 3 original essays by Deleuze and Foucault, in which they respond to each other’s work, with 16 critical essays by key contemporary scholars working in the field. The result is a sustained discussion and analysis of the various dimensions of this fascinating relationship, which clarifies the implications of their philosophical encounter.

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Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail and Daniel W. Smith

Part I Encounters

1. Deleuze and Foucault: A Philosophical Friendship
François Dosse

2. Theatrum Philosophicum
Michel Foucault

3. Michel Foucault's Main Concepts
Gilles Deleuze

4. When and How I’ve Read Foucault
Antonio Negri, translated by Kristopher Klotz

Part II Method and Critique

5. Philosophy as Cultural Critique in Foucault and Deleuze
Colin Koopman

6. Foucault’s Deleuzean Methodology of the Late 1970s
John Protevi

7. Deleuze’s Foucault: A Metaphysical Fiction
Frédéric Gros, translated by Samantha Bankston

Part III Convergence and Divergence

8. Speaking Out for Others: Philosophy’s Activity in Deleuze and Foucault (and Heidegger)
Leonard Lawlor and Janae Scholtz

9. Philosophy and History in Deleuze and Foucault
Paul Patton

10. Becoming and History: Deleuze’s Reading of Foucault
Anne Sauvagnargues, translated by Alex Feldman

11. Foucault and the Image of Thought
Kevin Thompson

12. The Regularities of the Statement: Deleuze on Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge
Mary Beth Mader

Part IV Desire, Power and Resistance

13. Desire and Pleasure
Gilles Deleuze

14. Against the Incompatibility Thesis: A Rather Different Reading of the Desire-Pleasure Problem
Nicolae Morar and Marjorie Gracieuse

15. Biopower and Control Societies
Thomas Nail

16. Two Concepts of Resistance: Foucault and Deleuze
Daniel W. Smith


17. Meeting Deleuze
Paul Rabinow

18. Foucault and Prison
Paul Rabinow

Notes on Contributors


About the Author

Nicolae Morar is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Environmental Studies and an Associate Member with the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon.

Thomas Nail is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015), Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Between Deleuze and Foucault (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

Daniel W. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the world's leading commentators on Deleuze. He has translated his work, edited collections and written numerous articles on Deleuze.


Benefitting from the recent publication of lectures by both Deleuze and Foucault, this is the first essay collection devoted to exploring the complex relations between two of the most important thinkers of our time. A must-read for scholars seriously interested in either Deleuze or Foucault.

- Eugene W. Holland, The Ohio State University

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