and bound in the United States ofAmerica. Library ofCongress Cataloging-in- Publication Data. Rajchman,John. The Deleuze connections / John Rajchman. For Deleuze’s philosophy is meant to go off in many directions at once, opening up zones of unforeseen connections between disciplines. Rajchman isolates the . The Deleuze Connections has 53 ratings and 3 reviews. the gift said: later review : ok enough laziness! there are ideas here of some density, but in most.

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This book was published 2 years ago, and this review is late indeed. There is no risk, however, that the book or its subject will lose its urgency very soon. It presents the work of Gilles Deleuze, a philosopher who is generally considered to be very difficult to read and understand. But maybe the difficulties are to a great extent related to some people’s inability to grasp more than a few levels or trails of thought at the same time.

Deleuze’s thinking is, as Rajchman writes, “unlikely to work for those minds that are already settled, already classified. Deleuze always searched for connections between discursive and pre-discursive levels, between sensation and cognition. Thinking was, for him, to experience life in its sensual multitude and to connect it to the history of abstract thought.


Some of his and his friend Felix Guattari’s fantastic delruze, such as “bodies without organs,” “rhizomatic activity” and “desiring machines,” have commonly and easily been turned into popular and simplistic slogans of technological determinism. Therefore it is often necessary to point out that a body without organs is not necessarily a robot, that a rhizome is not necessarily an electronic network and that the notion of an “abstract machine” does not have to imply the presence of a machine in the literal, material sense.

In Deleuze’s thinking, there is indeed very little support for the notion of the brain as some kind of computer.

And that is only one of the many reasons why Rajchman’s book fulfills an urgent need for clarification and explanation. Rajchman has chosen to divide the book into six chapters, each reflecting a central aspect of Deleuze’s thought. In the first chapter, called “Connections,” Rajchman briefly summarizes Deleuze’s re-reading of the history of Western thought.

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He puts forward the notion of connective, experimental thought as being the essential trait of this re-reading. The arguments are further elaborated in the following chapters, called “Experimentation” and “Thought. The significance of this thinking in relation to the social and aesthetic spheres is exemplified in the concluding chapters, “Life” and “Sensation.

As an easily accessible introduction to a big and labyrinthine body of work, Rajchman’s book is most useful. It is less rewarding if one looks for a more critical evaluation of Deleuze’s work in epistemological, political and semiotic terms.


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