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Deleuze and Derrida

Difference and the Power of the Negative

Vernon W. Cisney


The first scholarly comparative analysis of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze's philosophies of difference

Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze are best known for their respective attempts to theoretically formulate non-dialectical conceptions of difference. Now, for the first time, Vernon W. Cisney brings you a scholarly analysis of their contrasting concepts of difference.

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List of Abbreviations
Part I: Introduction
1. The Question
2. Grounding the Question
Part II: The Tremendous Power of the Negative
3. The Two Pillars of Deconstruction
4. Deleuze and Hegelian Difference
5. The Tremendous Power of the Negative
Part III: Thinking Difference Itself
6. Traces and Ashes
7. Deleuze, Plato’s Reversal, and Eternal Return
8. Derrida, Deleuze, and Difference
Part IV: Implications and Conclusions
9. Deconstruction v. Constructivism
10. Conclusion(s)

About the Author

Vernon W. Cisney is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Deleuze and Derrida: Difference and the Power of the Negative (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Derrida’s Voice and Phenomenon: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). He is the co-editor of Between Foucault and Derrida (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (Northwestern University Press, 2016); and Biopower: Foucault and Beyond (University of Chicago Press, 2015).


Deleuze and Derrida is not only the best study we have by far of the notoriously divergent ways these two seminal French thinkers approached the problem of "difference." It is also a manifesto for the philosophy of the future, since only difference, Cisney insists, is capable of pushing thought to places it has never been before. A wonderfully lucid and provocative book.

- Daniel W. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

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