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On not mistaking Deleuze (wWith the help of some Buddhists)

Cook, I. (2016) On not mistaking Deleuze (wWith the help of some Buddhists). In: See, Tony and Bradley, Joff, (eds.) Deleuze and Buddhism. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 99-122.

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In this chapter I identify two ways in which interpreters or followers of Deleuze mistake Deleuze’s ideas and one way in which Deleuze and Guattari mistake Deleuze. While this might have been conducted as something that can be handled purely within a Deleuzian frame of thought, I rely on important Buddhists texts to see how Buddhists seek to avoid such mistakes in their personal practices. I do so because Buddhists have been more concerned with personal practice, and the mistakings I discuss relate to problems with personal practice as much as they relate to understanding Deleuzian theory. This is why Buddhism proves useful, in that it is principally directed to self-conceptions and personal practice. My intention is not to belittle those whom I claim to have mistaken Deleuze, but to try to care for them: “The ultimate answer to neurotic dependencies on professionals is mutual self-care” (Seem 1983, p. xxii).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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