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The Priority of Events

Sean Bowden, The Priority of Events: Deleuze's Logic of Sense (EUP, 2011)

An incisive analysis of Deleuze's philosophy of events. Sean Bowden shows how the Deleuzian event should be understood in terms ofthe broader metaphysical thesis that substances are ontologically secondarywith respect to events. He achieves this through a reconstruction of Deleuze's relation to the history of thought from the Stoics through to Simondon, taking account of Leibniz, Lautman, structuralism and psychoanalysis along the way. This exciting new reading of Deleuze focuses firmly on his approach toevents. Bowden also examines and clarifies a number of Deleuze's mostdifficult philosophical concepts, including sense, problematic Ideas and intensive individuation, and engages with material by Lautman and Simondon that has not yet been translated into English.

"This is a wide-ranging and penetrating study of one of Deleuze's most important works. A superb book". -- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue "
"This book will readily take its place as one of the most important volumes in all of Deleuze Studies". -- Nick Nesbitt, Princeton

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