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Life Drawing: A Deleuzean Aesthetics of Existence

Gordon C.F. Bearn


Gilles Deleuze’s publications have attracted enormous attention, but scant attention has been paid to the existential relevance of his writings. In the lineage of Friedrich Nietzsche, this book develops a fully affirmative Deleuzean aesthetics of existence. For Michel Foucault and Alexander Nehamas, the challenge of an aesthetics of existence is to make your life, in one way or another, a work of art. In contrast, the book argues that art is too narrow a concept to guide this kind of existential project. It turns instead to the more generous notion of beauty, but argues that the philosophical ... More

Keywords: art, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche, aesthetics, existence, Michel Foucault, beauty, perfection, becoming, Plato

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823244805
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon C.F. Bearn, author
Lehigh University