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Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time

A Critical Introduction and Guide

James Williams

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Throughout his career, Deleuze developed a series of original philosophies of time and applied them successfully to many different fields. Now James Williams presents Deleuze's philosophy of time as the central concept that connects his philosophy as a whole.

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1. Introduction
2. The First Synthesis of Time
3. The Second Synthesis of Time
4. The Third Synthesis of Time
5. Time and eternal return
6. Time in Logic of Sense
7. Conclusion: the place of film in Deleuze's philosophy of time

About the Author

James Williams is Honorary Professor of Philosophy and member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University. He has published widely on contemporary French philosophy and is currently working on a critique of the idea of extended mind from the point of view of process philosophy.


Williams offers us a remarkable book – not only has he produced a Critical Introduction to the famous (and famously difficult) three syntheses of time, he has also invested in its implications to show us its centrality as a 'process philosophy of time'. This book renews the meaning of Deleuze’s early philosophy and invites the reader to rethink its relation to the promise of a new future in his later work with Guattari.
- Eric Alliez, Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy, Kingston University

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