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Daniel W. Smith's work on the great French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) is owed a debt by English-speaking readers of Deleuze that is difficult to overstate ... 'Essays on Deleuze' finally gathers this work together in a single volume, presenting these essays along a more unified trajectory that both records Smith's significant contribution to Deleuze studies while also laying foundations for new avenues of research ... Throughout these essays Smith exhibits an uncanny knack for rendering intuitive some of the most obscure and vexing concepts and theses in Deleuze, to a point where the reader, upon receiving the instruction, is left wondering how the former confusion could have arisen ... 'Essays on Deleuze' clearly marks an important landmark in the study of Deleuze's philosophy, culminating a 15-year period of Smith's unique and highly influential readings of Deleuze. --Kenneth Noe, Southern Illinois University, 'Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy'

For many years now Daniel Smith's work has led us through Deleuze's philosophy with an unmatched clarity. It is thanks to him that the many historical connections of that philosophy have been grasped in their full rigour and depth. No researcher on Deleuze's philosophy can pass this work by. No reader can fail to benefit from an engagement with Smith's groundbreaking interpretation. --James Williams, Professor of European Philosophy, University of Dundee

For the last 15 years, all of us have read one or two of Daniel Smith's remarkable essays on Deleuze. But now, we have all of them. Finally and thankfully, we have 'Essays on Deleuze', a book that will become immediately essential reading for anyone interested in 20th-century continental philosophy. --Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University

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Daniel W. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University.

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The best collection of essays by a single author 29 July 2013
By D. Fineman - Published on
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Because Deleuze is complex, because his thought evolved, because he is often "counter-intuitive," because his language itself is demanding, because he is at odds with many even within the continental tradition, and because his writing tends to presume so much about the reader's philosophical background, he is difficult to read well. In response, various fields - from architecture to cinema, from anthropology to aesthetics - tend to approach him not in his totality or with mastery of his many sources but by taking a particular canonized slice of his work and examine it through an established lens. This segmentation certainly makes the task easier but also undoes many of the various synergies and relations found in his work. Dan Smith is one of the few who does not attend to only a subset of what Deleuze offers. This does not mean that his essays each tackle everything but that the individualized topics and his broad areas of interest (as reflected in the taxonomy of this book into 5 broad perspectives) always appear within an admirable consideration of the over-all arc of Deleuze's work, of his concepts. That Smith presents this range and complexity with an unmatched lucidity and attention to detail is remarkable. That his care does not diminish his originality is admirable. If you wish to sample his quality in advance, a web search for his video lectures will give you a sense of both his intensity and excellence.
Outstanding! 15 Sept. 2014
By Hiker Bob - Published on
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Gilles Deleuze is a notoriously difficult philosopher--at least for me--but at the same time fascinating, opening up exciting new perspectives on the nature of things. This book is by far the best I have read on his thinking. It is challenging, requiring careful and focused reading, but well worth the effort, and full of insights, not only on Deleuze, but the many other philosophers, artists, etc., that Deleuze engaged with. For example, I think I learned more about Leibniz in the chapter on his relation to Deleuze than I have in reading entire books on the great German rationalist. One of the best philosophy books I have read in years. I'd give it six stars if I could!
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Brilliant 5 Mar. 2014
By Wayne - Published on
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Daniel Smith is the mirror image of Deleuze, explicit, clear explanations and all of the amenities that Continental philosophy notoriously lacks. Kudos to Smith for having the patience and intelligence to interpret Deleuze into the English rather than the Deleuzian language which is otherwise available. It is necessary for there to be a Deleuze and a Smith, the implicit and the explicit. What a Deleuzian delight to choose from: Hegel, Dialectics, Ethics, Sensation, Jacques Lacan, Pierre Klosswski, and many more. This is not a beginner's book, and will reward anyone seeking clarity about Deleuzian complexity.
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Probably the Best Deleuze Scholar in the World 3 April 2014
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Although I cannot say definitely, Daniel W. Smith is probably the best Deleuze scholar the world has seen. He knows the densest texts like the back of his hand. His explanation of and analyses from 'Capitalism & Schizophrenia" are unparalleled. If you have *any* interest in Continental philosophy, French post-structuralism, etc. this is a must read!
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