This text takes up Deleuze's most powerful argument on the task of contemporary philosophy in the West. Deleuze argues that it is only through a creative engagement with the forms of non-philosophy - notably modern art, literature and cinema - that philosophy can hope to restore the broken links of perception, language and emotion. In a sequence of essays, Gregg Lambert analyses Deleuze's investigations into the modern arts. Particular attention is paid to Deleuze's exploration of Liebniz in relation to modern painting and to Borges with regard to an understanding of the relationship between philosophy, literature and language. By illustrating Deleuze's own approach to the arts, and to modern literature in particular, the book demonstrates the critical significance of Deleuze's call for a future philosophy defined as an "art of inventing concepts".
Gregg Lambert is Dean's Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, New York, USA.
Preface: On the art of commentary. Part I On the image of thought from Leibniz to Borges ("time of its hinges"); Philosophy and "non-philosophy"; How time places truth in crisis; How the problem of judgement; The paradox of concepts. Part II On the (baroque) line: "The mind-body problem" and the art of cryptography; The riddle of the flesh (the "fuscum subnigrum"); On God (the "place vide"). Part III On the powers of the false: The baroque detective - Borges as prosecutor; How the true world became a fable; Artaud's problem and ours - belief in the world as it is; On the uses (and abuses) of literature for life. Conclusion: On the art of creating concepts.