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James P Castonguay <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 8 Nov 1995 21:06:08 -0600
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Gloria Monti wrote:
>        Lastly, I just learned of Gilles Deleuze's suicide.  Anybody
>knows details?
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   The New York Times, November 7, 1995, p. D21.
   Gilles Deleuze, 70, French Professor and Author
   By Craig R. Whitney
   Paris, Nov. 6 -- Gilles Deleuze, a philosopher and
   university lecturer whose prolific writings on art
   literature and human thought influenced French
   intellectuals, died in Paris on Saturday. He was 70.
   Family members said he had jumped from his apartment window
   to end a worsening chronic respiratory illness for which he
   had recently undergone a tracheotomy.
   Mr. Deleuze taught at the university established in the
   Paris working-class suburb of Vincennes after the student
   uprising in 1968 and wrote the best-known of his 30 works,
   "The Anti-Oedipus," in 1972 with Felix Guattari.
   The book, an attack on conventional psychoanalysis, sold
   53,000 copies in France. He and Mr. Guattari, who died of
   a heart attack in 1992, wrote four other books together,
   including "What Is Philosophy," a 1991 work that was
   published in English two years later.
   Other works explored the connections between art and
   action, and included studies of Spinoza, Leibniz Proust,
   Kafka and Francis Bacon the British painter.
   Born into a conservative family in Paris on Jan. 18, 1925,
   Mr. Deleuze was influenced by the radical atmosphere of the
   Left Bank after World War II. He studied at the Sorbonne
   after 1944 and became an assistant professor there in the
   history of philosophy in 1957, later moving to the
   University of Lyons.
   After the student uprising in 1968, Mr. Deleuze became a
   popular and influential lecturer at Vincennes, where
   students flocked to hear him speak.
   Revolution, he believed, is an inherently creative act
   against the repressiveness of the state, and he coined a
   word, "nomadism," to describe it. "Deterritorialization"
   was another word he coined to describe the phenomenon by
   which individual identity frees itself from external
   attempts at categorization.
   His speaking style was described as flowing and complex as
   the thought it expressed was intoxicating to his French
   "An exhausted man is much more than a weary man," he wrote
   in a postface to Beckett's "Quad" three years ago. "Does he
   exhaust the possible because he is himself exhausted, or is
   he exhausted because he has exhausted the possible? He
   exhausts himself by exhausting the possible, and
   Roger-Pol Droit wrote in an appreciation in Le Monde today:
   "No one knows what distant posterity will remember of a
   body of work that contemporaries probably understand only
   a little. Thought, with Deleuze, is the experience of life
   rather than reason."
   He retired from teaching in 1987, when his health began to
   He is survived by his wife, Fanny, a son, Julien, and a
   daughter, Emilie.
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