‘Difference and Repetition’ by Gilles Deleuze

First published in France in 1968, translated into English by Paul Patton in 1994, this edition published in The Cromwell Press in 2001.

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This brilliant exposition of the critique of identity is a classic in contemporary philosophy and one of Deleuze’s most important works. Of fundamental importance to literary critics and philosophers, Difference and Repetition develops two central concepts—pure difference and complex repetition—and shows how the two concepts are related. While difference implies divergence and decentering, repetition is associated with displacement and disguising. Central in initiating the shift in French thought away from Hegel and Marx toward Nietzsche and Freud, Difference and Repetition moves deftly to establish a fundamental critique of Western metaphysics.

Difference and Repetition was Deleuze’s principal thesis for the Doctorat D’Etat alongside his secondary, historical thesis, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza.


Gilles Deleuze was one of France’s leading philosophers and Profesor of Philosophy at the University de Paris VIII until his retirement in 1987. His other works include What is Philosophy? and The Logic of Sense, both published by Columbia University Press.

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