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Life DrawingA Deleuzean Aesthetics of Existence$
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Gordon C.F. Bearn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823244805

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823244805.001.0001

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Gordon C. F. Bearn

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This book explores an aesthetics of existence inspired by Gilles Deleuze and his 1980 book A Thousand Plateaus, co-authored with Félix Guattari. “Existentialism” has come to refer to a certain voluntaristic way of responding to the threat of nihilism. The book equates the threat of nihilism with the threat of pointlessness and suggests that any philosopher who writes in response to the threat of irredeemable pointlessness is an existentialist. Ludwig Wittgenstein was an existential philosopher. Conceived as a response to the threat of pointlessness and meaninglessness, existentialism opens its doors to Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud.

Keywords:   aesthetics, existence, Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus, Félix Guattari, existentialism, nihilism, pointlessness, Ludwig Wittgenstein, meaninglessness

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