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Gilles Deleuze's Empiricism and Subjectivity

A Critical Introduction and Guide

Jon Roffe

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Guides you through Gilles Deleuze's first book, with its striking reading of David Hume

Jon Roffe shows how Empiricism and Subjectivity is the precursor for some of Deleuze’s most well-known philosophical innovations. For those already familiar with Deleuze, he emphasises its novelty within his corpus. And, for all readers, he shows how it outlines Deleuze's powerful and striking theory of subjectivity, and of philosophy itself.

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Note on References
1. Beyond Kant’s Hume
2. Belief and Theoretical Reason
3. The Moral World
4. The Madness of Thought and the Delirium of Practical Reason
5. Subjectivity
6. The Singularity of Empiricism
7. A Kantian Hume

About the Author

Jon Roffe is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He teaches at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and is an editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity: A Critical Introduction and Guide (forthcoming, EUP), Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012), The Works of Gilles Deleuze (forthcoming,, the collection of aphorisms Muttering for the Sake of Stars (Surpllus 2012). He is co-author of Lacan Deleuze Badiou (EUP 2014). He is co-editor of Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage (EUP 2009), Deleuze and the Non/Human (forthcoming, Palgrave) and Understanding Derrida (Continuum 2004).


Among the ranks of philosophical debuts, Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity is surely one of the oddest – a book, at once unassuming and brilliant, on David Hume. The strangeness of this book has always rewarded those who are willing to muster rigor and indulge idiosyncrasy, and it’s in this context that Jon Roffe’s critical introduction is so good. Roffe is among the very few deft enough to convey the peculiar fusion of philosophical tastes that bring Deleuze and Hume together.

- Gregory Flaxman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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