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Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty

The Logic and Pragmatics of Creation, Affective Life, and Perception

Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty: The Logic and Pragmatics of Creation, Affective Life, and Perception offers the only full-length examination of the relationships between Deleuze, Bergson and Merleau-Ponty.

Henri Bergson (1859–1941), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961), and Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) succeeded one another as leading voices in French philosophy over a span of 136 years. Their relationship to one another's work involved far more than their overlapping lifetimes. Bergson became both the source of philosophical insight and a focus of criticism for Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze. Deleuze criticized Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology as well as his interest in cognitive and natural science. Author Dorothea Olkowski points out that each of these philosophers situated their thought in relation to their understandings of crucial developments and theories taken up in the history and philosophy of science, and this has been difficult for Continental philosophy to grasp. She articulates the differences between these philosophers with respect to their disparate approaches to the physical sciences and with how their views of science function in relation to their larger philosophical projects.

In Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, Olkowski examines the critical areas of the structure of time and memory, the structure of consciousness, and the question of humans' relation to nature. She reveals that these philosophers are working from inside one another's ideas and are making strong claims about time, consciousness, reality, and their effects on humanity that converge and diverge. The result is a clearer picture of the intertwined workings of Continental philosophy and its fundamental engagement with the sciences.

About the Author

Dorothea Olkowski is Professor and former Chair of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Director of Humanities; Director of the Cognitive Studies Program; and former Director of Women's Studies. She is author of more than one hundred articles and twelve books, including Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn, The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible), Feminist Phenomenology Futures (with Helen Fielding), Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy of Freedom: Freedom's Refrains (with Eftechios Pirovolakis), and Deleuze at the End of the World: A South-American Perspective on the Sources of His Thought (with Juilán Ferreyra).


"Expertly detailed by Dorothea Olkowski, this book reveals the profound implication and importance of understandings of ontology, multiplicity, and the sensible on phenomenology."—Gregg Lambert, author of To Have Done with the State of Exception, Syracuse University

"Dorothea Olkowski extracts from these three philosophers a sense of how to understand the outcomes and prospects of "continental" metaphysical thought today, avoiding both a logicist or scientific reduction of space, time, and experience to the objective framework and a classically phenomenological or transcendental-idealist location of the basis of metaphysics."—Paul Livingston, author of The Politics of Logic, The University of New Mexico

"In this deeply original study, Dorothea Olkowski gives a lucid and erudite version of the ideas connecting Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty and Peirce. Surprisingly, yet convincingly, complex arguments about formalism and logic explain why they respond differently to the problem of the relation of thought to life."—James Williams, Deakin University

"Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty offers a fresh, cutting-edge, and profoundly original examination of the complex relations between Deleuze, his inspiration Bergson, and his seeming "rival" Merleau-Ponty. Olkowski adeptly weaves through disparate domains – including aesthetics, physics, logic, philosophy of time, semiotics, mathematics, pragmatics, metaphysics, and phenomenology – to ultimately pave a way to address and answer the question: can philosophy itself become something new? Beautifully written, inspiring, and utterly compelling, Olkowski's book makes great advances in our understanding of these thinkers, all while proving exciting and enjoyable to read."—Corry Shores, author of The Logic of Gilles Deleuze: Basic Principles

"In her most recent opus, Dorothea E. Olkowski brilliantly takes her readers on a journey in the realms of arts and sciences that leads to the Cosmos in the company of the key figures of contemporary continental philosophy. A must for an insightful exploration of Deleuze/Guattari's pragmatic thinking and its interconnections with Bergson and Merleau-Ponty."—Alain Beaulieu, Laurentian University
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Other Titles by Dorothea E. Olkowski

Feminist Phenomenology Futures

edited by Helen A. Fielding, Dorothea E. Olkowski, with contributions by Kyoo Lee, Lyat Friedman, Rachel McCann, Debra B. Bergoffen, Beata Starwarska, Eva-Maria Simms, Dolleen Manning, Christine Daigle, Gail Weiss, Christina Schües, Ann...
Oct 2017 - Indiana University Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback
$45.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn

Dorothea E. Olkowski
Apr 2012 - Indiana University Press
$70.00 USD - Hardback
$12.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Time in Feminist Phenomenology

edited by Christina Schües, Dorothea E. Olkowski, Helen A. Fielding, with contributions by Sara Heinämaa, Silvia Stoller, Linda J. Fisher, Annemie Halsema
Jun 2011 - Indiana University Press
$70.00 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology

Being, Man, and Death

James M. Demske
Mar 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.95 USD - Electronic book text

Introduction to Philosophy

Martin Heidegger, translated by William McNeill
Apr 2024 - Indiana University Press
$60.00 USD - Hardback

On Inception

Martin Heidegger, translated by Peter Hanly
Oct 2023 - Indiana University Press
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