The Signature of the World focuses on one of the most influential works of contemporary philosophy: What is Philosophy? by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, their last joint work after Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. It sets What is Philosophy? in the context of earlier work by the two thinkers and, in a manner sure to challenge and provoke, juxtaposes it to the work of both analytic philosophers and continental phenomenologists. Alliez explores the distinctive theory of thought put forth by Deleuze & Guattari from a series of angles, delving into their revolutionary, Spinozist treatment of the history of philosophy, elucidating their engagement with the metaphysics of current research programmes in the sciences and delineating their invention of a material meta-aesthetics capable of responding to the most radical experiments in contemporary art. Much recent philosophy has revelled in declaring the end of metaphysics, of ontology, and sometimes of philosophy itself. In sharp contrast, The Signature of the World is a forceful reminder of the power of ontology and the need for a materialist reinvention of metaphysics.
The Signature of the World is here accompanied by two appendices, Deleuze Virtual Philosophy and On the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction to (the) Matter, as well as a preface by Alberto Toscano.
Eric Alliez, born in 1957, is currently visiting professor at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is a former Directeur de programme at the College International de Philosophie and Chair of Aesthetics at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna. He is the author of Capital Times, vol. 1 and De l'impossibilite de la phenomenologie. Sur la philosophie francaise contemporain and the editor of several collections.
Translator's Preface; Introduction; 1. The Ethics of Philosophy; 2. The Etiology of Science; 3. Onto-Ethologies; Appendix: On Deleuze's Bergsonism Index