Deleuze

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2020-2021
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Description: 

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was a difficult but unquestionably significant thinker whose earlier work, before his collaboration with Felix Guattari, deserves close reading. In this course, I propose beginning with two of his works on historical figures, namely, Nietzsche and Philosophy (1962) and Bergsonism (1966). We will then move on to two major systematic works, Difference and Repetition (1968) and Logic of Sense (1969).

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, participants should be able to explain and assess Deleuze’s contributions to questions on metaphysics, knowledge, and other areas in philosophy as well as Deleuze’s convergence with or divergence from other philosophical traditions.

Assessment: 

Regular attendance, preparation, and participation in discussion for all. For all students including auditors: 1) One 15-minute class presentation (ungraded).  For grade-takers 2) One 2,000-word term paper. 80% of final grade based on term paper, 20% on class participation. An A grade requires a clear, focused and somewhat original paper. [There is an optional mid-term take-home essay exam. It can count for 20% of your grade, and then the term paper for only 60%.]

Prerequisites: 

None

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