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François Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference

A Critical Introduction and Guide

Rocco Gangle

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Everything you need to understand both Laruelle’s critique of difference and his project of non-philosophy

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About the Author

Rocco Gangle is Associate Professor of Humanities/Philosophy at Endicott College, USA. His work on contemporary French thought, Spinoza, Peirce and diagrammatic logic has appeared in Philosophy Today, SubStance, Political Theology and other journals and edited collections. He is the translator of François Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference (Continuum Press, 2010).


Rocco Gangle introduces non-philosophy in a pertinent way with respect to the philosophies of difference (Nietzsche and Deleuze, Heidegger and Derrida) with which this text settles its accounts and from which it definitively extracts itself. Guided by the distinction between infinite difference and finite difference, it contains case studies and transversal analyses. He updates this problematic and historical complexity and demonstrates the final emergence of a concept largely containing the future of non-philosophy, that of "non-thetic transcendence" which aims to settle the issue of Nietzsche and Heidegger.

- François Laruelle

This eminently readable critical introduction will put Laruelle on the map of Anglophone audiences. Gangle provides a magisterial account of Laruelle's difficult notions of Difference, in-One, and duality in their direct reworking of Nietzsche-Deleuze, Heidegger, and Derrida. But beyond that his narration of the philosophical history of the one and the multiple is strikingly original in its own right.

- Eleanor Kaufman

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