Books



 

Deleuze's Hume: Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

This book offers the first extended comparison of the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and David Hume. Jeffrey Bell argues that Deleuze's early work on Hume was instrumental to Deleuze's formulation of the problems and concepts that would remain a focus of his entire corpus. Reading Deleuze's work in light of Hume's influence, along with a comparison of Deleuze's work with William James, Henri Bergson, and others, sets the stage for a vigorous defense of his philosophy against a number of recent criticisms, and it extends the field of Deleuze studies by showing how Deleuze's thought can clarify and contribute to the work being done in political theory, cultural studies, and history, particularly the history of the Scottish Enlightenment. By engaging Deleuze's thought with the work of Hume, this book clarifies and supports the work of Deleuze and exemplifies the continuing relevance of Hume's thought to a number of contemporary debates.


Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006)

This book argues that Deleuze's thought needs to be considered in terms of its engagement with the history of philosophy. More to the point, this book argues that Deleuze implicitly relies upon the concept of 'edge of chaos' to address, and address successfully, the problems that have been persistent throughout the philosophical tradition.

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The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998)

In this book I compare the philosophies of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze. In each, I argue, there is a crucial engagement with and reliance upon paradox. With Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, this reliance is largely implicit, but with Deleuze it becomes an explicit theme. The arguments in the Deleuze section are made in the context of analyzing Deleuze's Cinema books.
   


I am currently at work on a book on Hume and Deleuze, wherein I argue that a fruitful way to develop a theory of political engagement that is nonetheless consistent with the concerns of contemporary philosophers such as Deleuze, Foucault, and others, is to begin with Hume. For more on this, see my current research section.

Additionally, I am editing, with Claire Colebrook, a collection of essays on Deleuze and History. This book will address issues that have received little discussion among Deleuze scholars, and unjustifiably so, I must say.