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Deleuze's Difference and Repetition

An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Henry Somers-Hall

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The essential toolkit for anyone approaching Deleuze for the first time

When students read Difference and Repetition for the first time, they face two main hurdles: the wide range of sources that Deleuze draws upon and his dense writing style. This Edinburgh Philosophical Guide helps students to negotiate these hurdles, taking them through the text paragraphy by paragraph. It situates Deleuze within Continental philosophy more broadly and explains why he develops his philosophy in his unique way.

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Part I: A Guide to the Text
Introduction: Repetition and Difference
Chapter One: Difference In Itself
Chapter Two: Repetition For Itself
Chapter Three: The Image of Thought
Chapter Four: Ideas and the Synthesis of Difference
Chapter Five: The Asymmetric Synthesis of the Sensible
The Two Prefaces
Part II: Study Aids
Further Reading
Tips for Writing about Deleuze

About the Author

Henry Somers-Hall is a Reader in philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation (2012) and Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition (2013), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Deleuze (2012). He is interested in the interrelations of German idealism, phenomenology, and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.


Unless spoon-fed on Deleuze from a very young age, Difference and Repetition is not an easy book to get your head around ... A guide is fairly essential and the best one available in print is written by Henry Somers-Hall as part of the Edinburgh Philosophical Guides series.

- Irish Left Review

I would dearly have loved to have had this book at hand when I first read Difference and Repetition, and when I first taught it too! Its virtues of clarity, concision, and insight mean that experts and novices alike will benefit from it. Highly recommended.

- John Protevi, Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies, Louisiana State University

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