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Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) was a French philosopher whose writings on philosophy included explorations into psychology, psychoanalysis, biology, literature, art, music, critiques of capitalism, and neuroscience. In his own writings and in his work with psychoanalyst and activist Felix Guattari, Deleuze offers us an account of childhood and children that has influenced fields such as early childhood education, education, critical psychology, and child and youth studies, as well as child and youth care.

As a philosopher, Deleuze was particularly interested in childhood and children as what he called concepts. The concept for Deleuze is different from the common use of the word. Conventionally, the concept refers to a set of ideas that correspond to a thing or group of things. In What Is Philosophy? Deleuze redefines the ...

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