French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychiatrist-activist Félix Guattari's 1980 book A Thousand Plateaus is widely recognized as a masterpiece of twentieth-century Continental philosophy. Until now, however, few scholars have dared to explain the book's political importance. Deleuze's Political Vision reconstructs Deleuze's conception of pluralism, human nature, the social contract, liberalism, democracy, socialism, feminism, and comparative political theory. Unlike scholars who read Deleuze as a Marxist, author Nicholas Tampio argues that Deleuze was a cutting-edge liberal, concerned about protecting difference from what John Stuart Mill called the tyranny of the majority. The book brings Deleuze into conversation with other contemporary political theorists such as Hannah Arendt, William E. Connolly, Jürgen Habermas, Bruno Latour, Charles Mills, Martha Nussbaum, Carole Pateman, Abdolkarim Soroush, Leo Strauss, and Charles Taylor. Deleuze's Political Vision translates Deleuze's ideas into popular vernaculars to realize his political vision and reveal his work as essential to modern discussions of political theory and philosophy.
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Nicholas Tampio (Author)
Nicholas Tampio is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University.