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The Priority of Events

Deleuze's Logic of Sense

Sean Bowden

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An incisive analysis of Deleuze's philosophy of events

Sean Bowden shows how the Deleuzian event should be understood in terms of the broader metaphysical thesis that substances are ontologically secondary with respect to events. He achieves this through a reconstruction of Deleuze's relation to the history of thought from the Stoics through to Simondon, taking account of Leibniz, Lautman, structuralism and psychoanalysis along the way.

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Introduction: The Ontological Priority of Events in The Logic of Sense
1. The Stoics - Events and Sense
2. Leibniz - The Static Ontological and Logical Geneses
3. Lautman and Simondon - Problematic Ideas and Singularities
4. Structuralism - Structure and the Sense-Event
5. Psychoanalysis - Dynamic Genesis

About the Author

Sean Bowden is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University, Australia. He is the author of The Priority of Events: Deleuze’s Logic of Sense (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), and has published a number of articles and book chapters on Badiou, Deleuze and Simondon.


This book will readily take its place as one of the most important volumes in all of Deleuze Studies.

- Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University

This is a wide-ranging and penetrating study of one of Deleuze's most important works. A superb book.

- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University

A timely and invaluable resource for resuscitating interest in a work that, despite the current renaissance in Deleuze studies, continues to perplex and discomfort those who seek a way into its unique and hybrid structure and conceptions … By constructing a coherent argument, which frames a coherent route for us to follow, Bowden provides a welcome gift to both the novice reader and the experienced scholar.

- David Scott, Coppin State University, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Not only does the book cover in impressive detail major facets of the book’s argumentation, it will provide the starting point for readers in the future who wish to engage with the staggering and elaborate, not to say baroque, metaphysical system presented in The Logic of Sense … Bowden’s excellent book deserves to be read and re-read: surely the greatest praise for any book, and praise rarely justly bestowed on a book of scholarship. It is certainly warranted here.

- Jon Roffe, University of Melbourne,, Parrhesia

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