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Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

Deleuze and Guattari belonged to a generation of French intellectuals whose political consciousness was formed, as Guattari once said, ‘in the enthusiasm and naiveté of the Liberation’ (Deleuze and Guattari, 1972: 15). Deleuze was born in 1925. He studied philosophy in Paris at the Lycée Carnot and the Sorbonne during the Second World War. Trained in the history of philosophy by professors such as Ferdinand Alquié, Georges Canguilhem, and Jean Hippolyte, he passed the agrégation in 1949. He later taught at the University of Lyon. In 1969, at Foucault's invitation, he took up a post at the experimental University of Paris 8 at Vincennes (later St Denis), where he taught until his ...

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