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Title: For a minoritarian ethics of inclusion : a reading of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and its application to contemporary criticism
Author: Goulimari, Pelagia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3507 7719
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 1995
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Together and separately, the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the French psychoanalyst and critic Félix Guattari have produced a vast and, I believe, highly important body of work. This thesis examines their collaborations, which combine Deleuze's substantial work in philosophy and Guattari's work as psychoanalyst, philosophico-political writer and activist. These collaborations are extraordinarily fertile workshops for the production of concepts and distinctions - of which there is a dizzying array - and which, it is a purpose of this thesis to argue, provide an original and powerful purchase on important themes in criticism today. The organisation and content of this thesis is determined by two conditions: the vast conceptual apparatus of Deleuze and Guattari, and the fact that they have not, or not yet, entered the theoretical canon in the English-speaking world. The aims of the thesis are: firstly, to make the case of Deleuze and Guattari's importance and relevance for contemporary Anglo-American criticism; secondly, to name their project - as a project 'for a minoritarian ethics of inclusion'; thirdly, to isolate their main problematic - as the problematic of oppression and liberation; fourthly, to name the terms of this problematic - modernity, the people, democracy, major/minor, literature; fifthly, to select and define the main concepts that they develop in order to redefine the problematic and its terms - 'artificial territoriality', 'line of flight' or 'line of escape' (ligne de fuite), 'exclusive' and 'inclusive' processes; finally, to unfold the perspective that emerges as a result of the above, and to show its impact on contemporary criticism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy