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COLLAPSE Volume III 'Unknown Deleuze' is now available. This volume
contains explorations of the work of Gilles Deleuze by pioneering
thinkers in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, music and
architecture. In addition, we publish in this volume two previously
untranslated texts by Deleuze himself, along with a fascinating piece
of vintage science fiction from one of his more obscure influences.
Finally, as an annex to Collapse Volume II, we also include a full
transcription of the conference on 'Speculative Realism' held in
London earlier this year.
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Readers can also download a preview of the Editorial Introduction to
Volume III from
http://www.urbanomic.com/dl.php, where introductions to Vols I and II
are also available.
Whilst books continue to appear at an alarming rate which claim to
put Deleuze's thought 'to work' in diverse areas outside of
philosophy, we submit, in this volume, that his philosophical thought
itself still remains enigmatic, both in its detail and in its major
themes. The contributors to this volume aim to clarify, from a
variety of perspectives, Deleuze's contribution to philosophy: in
what does his philosophical originality lie; what does he appropriate
from other philosophers and how does he transform it? And how can
the apparently disparate threads of his work to be 'integrated' –
what is the precise nature of the constellation of the aesthetic, the
conceptual and the political proposed by Gilles Deleuze, and what are
the overarching problems in which the numerous philosophical concepts
'signed Deleuze' converge?
The volume includes two newly-translated articles by Gilles Deleuze
along with contributions from Arnaud Villani, Thomas Duzer, Quentin
Meillassoux, John Sellars, Éric Alliez & Jean-Claude Bonne, Haswell &
Hecker, Robin Mackay, Mehrdad Iravanian, J.-H. Rosny the Elder,
Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant and Ray Brassier.
For anyone wanting to go right to the core of Deleuzian philosophy
and to experience the challenge of Deleuze's thought, the articles
collected in Collapse III will provide a virtually inexhaustible
treasury of insights. As the featured authors shed light on this
challenge from different points of view, they produce unexpected
points of convergence, providing important resources for a more
complete conceptual 'portrait' of Deleuze, and suggesting further
lines of thought to be investigated. For anyone looking for an
alternative to the emerging orthodoxy seemingly bent on broadcasting
an 'image of Deleuzian thought', Collapse III provides a wide-ranging
but uniformly rigorous and innovative survey of Gilles Deleuze's
thought, and an illustration of the fact that, even if it is already
fashionable to evoke a 'post-Deleuzian' era, we have not yet begun to
draw the properly philosophical consequences of this thought.
– Mathesis, Science and Philosophy, written by a 21-year-old Gilles
Deleuze, has never before appeared in print in English and is
published in Collapse in a new translation. Written as an
introduction to a 1946 republication of a 19th-century esoteric
philosophical work by Dr Johann Malfatti de Montereggio, this text
offers a fascinating glimpse, set in an unexpected context, into the
themes of Deleuze's early work, as they emerge, in an already
characteristically-dazzling style. Meanwhile, in the brief but
illuminating 1981 interview with Arnaud Villani, Answers to a Series
of Questions (also appearing here for the first time in English),
Deleuze provides some tantalising intimations regarding the enduring
concerns of his work over the years.
– In his own contribution to the volume, philosopher-poet Arnaud
Villani (whose 1999 The Wasp and the Orchid was one of the first
books to be published in France treating Deleuze's work as a whole)
reflects on Deleuze's affirmation that he considered himself a 'pure
metaphysician': what, precisely, does metaphysics mean for Deleuze?
Through a sophisticated reading utilising the resources of
aesthetics, poetics and philosophy, Villani not only defines the
object of this metaphysics, but also shows clearly why it cannot be
severed from its links with these other realms of thought, or from
the question of the political or moral 'decision'.
– This allusion reminds us that an examination of Deleuze today
would be unthinkable without reference to Alain Badiou's provocative
Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, and in his article In Memoriam of
Deleuze, Thomas Duzer undertakes, through a survey of the major axes
of Deleuze's philosophy, to locate the precise nature of their now
famous 'nonrelationship'; his defence emphasises that the positive
features of Deleuze's thought cannot be reduced either to a
'phenomenology' or to Badiou's polemical opposite.
– In an exclusive translated extract from their new book Matisse-
Thought: Portrait of the Artist as Hyperfauve, philosopher Éric
Alliez (former student of Deleuze's and author of The Signature of
the World) and art-historian Jean-Claude Bonne analyse the revolution
inaugurated in painting by Matisse during his ‘Fauvist’ period of
1905-6, discovering that the rigorous 'quantitative' conception of
the intensive which Matisse proposes allows not only a new
understanding of the significance of Fauvism for his later work, but
also clarifies and reaffirms the philosophical pertinence of a
Nietzschean-Deleuzian thinking of intensity and extensity, the
qualitative and the quantitative.
– On the basis of an examination of a 'fragment' from Deleuze and
Guattari's What is Philosophy?, Quentin Meillassoux, in a
philosophical tour de force, meticulously reconstructs the nature and
the measure of Deleuzian 'immanence', proposing finally a
'subtractive' reading drawing on Bergson's Matter and Memory,
allowing us to understand, step-by-step 'from the inside' the
construction of that singular network of concepts found in Deleuze's
– Sound artists Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker contribute some
strange and beautiful images taken from the electronic 'score' of
their new sound work Blackest Ever Black, an 'introduction to
synaesthesia' created using composer Iannis Xenakis's computerised
UPIC system to transform contemporary images into sound. An
accompanying text by Robin Mackay analyses the affinities between
Xenakis's conception of a musical 'polyagogy' and Deleuze's
– Examining Deleuze's famous use of the supposedly Stoic theory of
Chronos and Aîon in Logic of Sense, John Sellars (author of The
Stoics and The Art of Living) examines just how much it owes to
actual stoic theories of time, thus providing both a case-study in
the Deleuzian 'ventriloquism' in the history of philosophy and an
informative example of the 'stratigraphic' time in which, according
to Deleuze, philosophy takes place.
– Iranian architect Mehrdad Iravanian constructs a 'graphitext'
which, taking as its starting point a page from Deleuze's The Fold,
undertakes a non-interpretative 'ex-pli-cation' of its content.
Employing a hybrid methodology at once literal, textual and
architectural, he brings to light structures secreted within the
folds of the text itself.
– One of the many obscure 'personae' in the background of Deleuze's
Difference and Repetition, the mysterious figure J.-H. Rosny the
Elder not only supplied that work's repeated formula for the nature
of intensity-as-difference, but, as both philosopher and pioneering
science fiction author, was also a living embodiment of the notion
that 'philosophy is a kind of science-fiction': in his astonishing
1895 tale Another World, appearing here in English for the very first
time, Rosny evokes an alien world of abstract lifeforms intersecting
with our own, and examines with philosophical acuity the process of
bringing such unknown beings within the purview of scientific knowledge.
– As if all this were not enough ... Following the 'dossier' on
Speculative Realism in the previous volume of Collapse, Volume III
also includes a full transcription of the colloquium of the same name
held at Goldsmith's University of London in April 2007 featuring
presentations by Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, Graham Harman and
Quentin Meillassoux on the problems, and the promise, of this renewal
of speculative philosophical thought. Running to well over 100 pages,
this is an important and exciting document of contemporary philosophy
in the making, proposing new conceptual approaches, exploring the
borders between science and philosophy, and mining the history of
thought for fresh insights into Nature, objectivity, and the legacy
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COLLAPSE Volume III
Paperback 115x175mm 454pp
Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies.
In Memoriam: Gilles Deleuze 1925-1995
Responses to a Series of Questions
'I Feel I Am A Pure Metaphysician': The Consequences of Deleuze's Remark
Subtraction and Contraction: Deleuze, Immanence and Matter and Memory
HASWELL & HECKER
Blackest Ever Black
Mathesis, Science and Philosophy
The Truth about Chronos and Aîon
ÉRIC ALLIEZ & JOHN-CLAUDE BONNE
Matisse-Thought and the Strict Ordering of Fauvism
J.-H. ROSNY THE ELDER
RAY BRASSIER, IAIN HAMILTON GRANT, GRAHAM HARMAN, QUENTIN MEILLASSOUX
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