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Giles Deleuze 1925-1995



I am forwarding this sad note from another list. Deleuze was a major thinker
and writer for many of us active in arts and literature in many forms. One
who helped me develop my own sense of various relationships of books and
culture.

charles alexander

>Sad news--
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>> Group clari.living.books
>> article 2255
>>
>>         PARIS (AP) -- Prominent French philosopher, writer and university
>> professor Gilles Deleuze committed suicide by leaping from the
>> window of his Paris apartment, his family said Sunday.
>>         Deleuze, whom French philosopher Michel Foucault once called
>> ``the only philosophical mind in France,'' died Saturday. He was
>> 70.
>>         The author of one of the world's best selling philosophy books,
>> ``The Anti-Oedipus,'' had suffered for years from a serious
>> respiratory illness and recently underwent a tracheotomy.
>>         Deleuze was born in 1925 into a conservative Paris family, but
>> spent his life as a leftist and considered himself almost
>> militantly so. He became a familiar figure in the city's bohemian
>> Latin Quarter, his trademark felt hat cocked at a rakish angle.
>>         Deleuze began his academic life in 1955 as a teaching assistant
>> at the Sorbonne and taught later at the university at Vincennes,
>> retiring in 1987.
>>         In 1972, he and longtime friend Felix Guattari published ``The
>> Anti-Oedipus,'' a scathing look at the concepts and
>> ``schizo-analysis'' of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein.
>>         In 1993, he published ``Critic and Clinic,'' in which he
>> explored the works of Herman Melville and Lewis Carroll, among
>> others.
>>         Throughout his long career, Deleuze refused to appear on
>> television, but he agreed earlier this year to develop a
>> philosophy-oriented program for France's arts-oriented Arte
>> channel.
>>         Details on Deleuze's survivors were not immediately available.
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