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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826436633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826436634
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'... [the books] mark a suitable entry point to a substantial body of work' --Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Francois Laruelle is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the Universite de Paris X (Nanterre) and lectures at the College International de Philosophie. He is the creator of the concept of 'non-philosophy', author of over twenty books, and director of L'Organisation Non-Philosophique Internationale. Rocco Gangle is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Endicott College, USA.


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When I came across this book a couple of years ago I was mounting my own critique of difference through indifference and I noted with interest we were on the same page but didn't get beyond the introduction. When I came back to it I realised that my intellectual world had changed. Reading it with care at leisure it was a revelation. Everything pretty much which I had put into my own book, Agamben and Indifference, found some precedent here and, and this is the key thing, nowhere else except in aspects of Agamben. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the future of philosophy.

Two key issues should be noted. The first is the definition of the invariant ideas of the philosophy of difference which allows one to see Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger etc as all part of the same set so to speak. (Also Badiou) This allows us to think our age as that of a valorisation of difference, to realised the limitations of that, and to close the book on philosophical differentiating decisionism. This alone is extremely important as I strongly believe that a post-difference or post-decisionist philosophical terrian is where we currently ramble in a rather directionless fashion.
The second is of course the importance of Laruelle's conception of a non-divided real defined by its indifference. This second issue is not really explained here but it is the foundational background to the study provided by Principles of Non-Philosophy.
Put together a critique of differential decision and the background of indifference and you appreciate where we are today and Laruelle's role in taking us there.
Amazingly this book came out in 1986, when I was 16, and has been all but neglected ever since.
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HASH(0x9968c270) out of 5 stars Moving With Difference Beyond Differance. 6 Oct. 2011
By Larry Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Laruelle's work is interesting yet difficult to read. He seems to assume a discourse that is not familiar to many in the U.S.A. philosophical community. However, if you are looking for a move beyond Derrida with Derrida I think you might like his work. I find Laruelle to be more metaphysical than Jean-Luc Nancy while making some of the same philosophical moves, especially the use of a paradoxical solution to difference in the one. I am sure there are others who understand this book better than me, so please review it. It holds out a lot of promise.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99841c54) out of 5 stars It is tough but you must read it... 23 Jan. 2014
By William D Watkin - Published on Amazon.com
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When I came across this book a couple of years ago I was mounting my own critique of difference through indifference and I noted with interest we were on the same page but didn't get beyond the introduction. When I came back to it I realised that my intellectual world had changed. Reading it with care at leisure it was a revelation. Everything pretty much which I had put into my own book, Agamben and Indifference, found some precedent here and, and this is the key thing, nowhere else except in aspects of Agamben. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the future of philosophy.

Two key issues should be noted. The first is the definition of the invariant ideas of the philosophy of difference which allows one to see Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger etc as all part of the same set so to speak. (Also Badiou) This allows us to think our age as that of a valorisation of difference, to realised the limitations of that, and to close the book on philosophical differentiating decisionism. This alone is extremely important as I strongly believe that a post-difference or post-decisionist philosophical terrian is where we currently ramble in a rather directionless fashion.
The second is of course the importance of Laruelle's conception of a non-divided real defined by its indifference. This second issue is not really explained here but it is the foundational background to the study provided by Principles of Non-Philosophy.
Put together a critique of differential decision and the background of indifference and you appreciate where we are today and Laruelle's role in taking us there.
Amazingly this book came out in 1986, when I was 16, and has been all but neglected ever since. That said in the UK in the past couple of years suddenly many of us have come to realise our sins of omission. It is just possible that French postwar philosophy will, in the decades to come, be remembered for Laruelle, not for the other more familiar practitioners of the philosophies of difference.
Read it, then read it again!
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HASH(0x99ba9444) out of 5 stars interesting project 31 Aug. 2013
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
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Besides Principles of Non-Philosophy, Philosophies of Difference is Laruelle's most instructive book. The overview and criticism of Deleuze-Nietzsche/Heidegger-Derrida lays the groundwork that reveals what is specific to non-philosophy. It seems that most of the criticism leveled at Deleuze is aimed towards the thought in Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. In my opinion, Laruelle and the Deleuze of Difference and Repetition and Logic of Sense have no disagreements, Laruelle is pushing Deleuze further or elucidating things in Deleuze which were never clearly stated. Obviously Laruelle's work is at odds with Badiou and the disagreements with Badiou are Deleuzian. My intuition is that maybe we don't need a "non-philosophy" precisely because of what non-philosophy is trying to accomplish. Maybe Philosophy was always enough and Difference-in-Itself wins over Laruelle's project. I can't help but feeling that Philosophy deserves its unique place and that non-philosophy risks dissolving things into a confused generality. Difference-in-Itself and philosophy as expressionism are already non-philosophical in Laruelle's sense. Read Deleuze!!!
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