The Logic of Sense

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Logic of Sense
The Logic of Sense.jpg
The 1990 Columbia University Press edition
Author Gilles Deleuze
Original title Logique du sens
Translator Mark Lester
Country France
Language French
Genre Philosophy
Publisher Les Éditions de Minuit
Publication date
1969
Published in English
1990

The Logic of Sense (French: Logique du sens) is a 1969 book by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. An exploration of meaning and meaninglessness, or "commonsense" and "nonsense", it consists of a series of thirty-four paradoxes and an appendix that contains five previously published essays, including a brief overview of Deleuze's ontology entitled "Plato and the Simulacrum".

The book introduces Deleuze's philosophy of the event and of becoming and includes textual analyses of works by Lewis Carroll, Seneca, Pierre Klossowski, Michel Tournier, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Émile Zola and Sigmund Freud.

Michel Foucault said that The Logic of Sense "should be read as the boldest and most insolent of metaphysical treatises - on the simple condition that instead of denouncing metaphysics as the neglect of being, we force it to speak of extrabeing".[1] Christopher Norris believes that, like Difference and Repetition, it comes as near as possible to offering a full-scale programmatic statement of Deleuze's post-philosophical, anti-systematic, ultra-nominalist or resolutely "non-totalizing" mode of thought.[2]

Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont write that The Logic of Sense prefigures the style of works that Deleuze later wrote in collaboration with Félix Guattari, and that, like them, it contains passages that misuse technical scientific terms.[3]

The English edition was translated by Mark Lester with Charles Stivale, and edited by Constantin V. Boundas.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.generation-online.org/p/fpfoucault5.htm
  2. ^ Christopher Norris (1995). Ted Honderich, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 183. ISBN 0-19-866132-0. 
  3. ^ Sokal, Alan; Bricmont, Jean (1999). Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science. New York: Picador. p. 166. ISBN 0-312-20407-8. 
  4. ^ Columbia University Press

Further reading[edit]

  • Foucault, Michel. "Theatrum Philosophicum". Trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon. In The Essential Works of Michel Foucault: Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology. Ed. James D. Faubion. New York: New Press, 1998. 343-368.
  • Lecercle, Jean-Jacques. Philosophy through the Looking Glass: Language, Nonsense, Desire. La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1985.
  • Williams, James. Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

External links[edit]