Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was a difficult thinker whose work deserves and requires very close reading. In this course, we’ll spend most of the time reading his 1991 work, What is Philosophy? co-written with Felix Guattari. As its title indicates, it engages with the nature of philosophy as well as metaphysics and epistemology in a wide sense. We might also read a chapter from his book on Nietzsche, a chapter from his book, Difference and Repetition, or an extract from one of the things he wrote on aesthetics (painting, cinema, literature). No prior knowledge is presumed. The course is discussion oriented.