Publications
 

Edward Willatt, Kant, Deleuze and Architectonics (London and New York: Continuum, 2010)

 

How we read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason has a huge influence on how convincing we find the parts of which it is composed.  Kant, Deleuze and Architectonics will argue that by taking its arguments and concepts in isolation we wrongly neglect the unifying architectonic method that Kant employed.  Understanding this text as a response to a single problem, that of the possibility of synthetic a priori judgement, will allow us to evaluate it more fully.  The book will explore Kant's attempts to relate the a priori and the synthetic in the Introduction, Metaphysical Deduction and Analytic of Principles of the Critique of Pure Reason.  Having developed this reading at length we will be able to re-assess Kant's relation to the work of Gilles Deleuze.  Deleuze's critique of Kant and his tendency to make selective use of his work has so far characterised their relations.  However, by reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in terms of its unifying method we will open up a new means of relating these two thinkers.  Whilst Deleuze rejects many key Kantian concerns and concepts he embraces his methodological concern with the ability of problems to unify our thought.  The problem-setting and forms of argument that emerge within Kant's architectonic method will be related to Deleuze's account of experience.   

This book will contribute to both Kant and Deleuze studies on the basis of the reading of the Critique of Pure Reason it presents.  By showing how Kant's text is to be read as a whole we will be able to challenge the conclusion that the arguments he makes ultimately rely upon a notion of 'subjective origin'.  The problem of accounting for 'the actual' through it relation to 'the virtual' in Deleuze's thought will be re-assessed on the basis of his newly established relation with Kant.  Understanding Kant's method in the Critique of Pure Reason will be shown to strengthen both his own account of experience and that offered by Deleuze. 

Reviewed in Philosophy in Review.

 

Edward Willatt and Matt Lee (eds.), Thinking Between Deleuze and Kant (London and New York: Continuum, 2009)

 

In the wake of much previous work on Gilles Deleuze's relations to other thinkers (including Bergson, Spinoza and Leibniz), his relation to Kant is now of great and active interest and a thriving area of research. In the context of the wider debate between 'naturalism' and 'transcendental philosophy', the implicit dispute between Deleuze's 'transcendental empiricism' and Kant's 'transcendental idealism' is of prime philosophical concern.

Bringing together the work of international experts from both Deleuze scholarship and Kant scholarship, Thinking Between Deleuze and Kant addresses explicitly the varied and various connections between these two great European philosophers, providing key material for understanding the central philosophical problems in the wider 'naturalism/ transcendental philosophy' debate. The book reflects an area of great current interest in Deleuze Studies and initiates an ongoing interest in Deleuze within Kant scholarship.
 

Table Of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Note on Translations and Abbreviations Used
Editorial Introduction: On the Very Idea of Conditions of Thought, Matt Lee and Edward Willatt (University of Greenwich, UK) 
1. The Philosopher-monkey: Learning and the Discordant Harmony of the Faculties, Patricia Farrell  (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
2. Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism: Notes Towards a Transcendental Materialism, Levi R. Bryant (Collin College, Frisco, USA)
3. Levelling the levels, Matt Lee (University of Greenwich, UK)
4. The Genesis of Cognition: Deleuze as a Reader of Kant, Edward Willatt (University of Greenwich, UK)
5. The Nature of Productive Force: Kant, Spinoza and Deleuze, Mick Bowles (University of Greenwich, UK)
6. Deleuze's 'Reconstruction of Reason': From Leibniz and Kant to Difference and Repetition, Christian Kerslake (Middlesex University, UK)
7. Transcendental Illusion and Antinomy in Kant and Deleuze, Henry Somers-Hall (University of Warwick, UK)
8. Transcendental Idealism, Deleuze and Guattari, and the Metaphysics of Objects, Michael J. Olson (Villanova University, USA)
Bibliography
Index
Reviewed in Recensioni di filosofia.


Edward Willatt, 'Art as Non-Knowledge: Gilles Deleuze on Consciousness and Apprenticeship' in Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (ed.), Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2007 (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008)

 

 

 

Conference and Colloquia Papers 

 

'Fullness and the Void: The Relations of the Disciplines in Aristotle and the Badiou', 10th Annual Joint Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Conference (Regent's University London, August 2016)


'Architectonics without Foundations: Understanding Transdisciplinarity in Deleuze and Guattari in relation to the history of philosophy’, Deleuze, Philosophy and Transdisciplinarity Conference (Goldsmiths College, University of London, February 2012)

 

‘A History of Architectonics’, Computer Aided Architectural Design Lecture Series (ETH Zurich, Switzerland, September 2010)


'Walking Upon Solid Ground?:  Fidelity and the Void in Alain Badiou's Being and Event', Philosophy Research Seminar Series (University of Greenwich, January 2010) 

'"All the Animals are Kantian": The Role of Animal Life in Deleuze's Reading of Kant', 5th Annual Joint Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Conference (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, August 2009)  

‘Deleuze and Architectonics’, 2nd International Deleuze Studies Conference: Connect Deleuze (University of Cologne, August 2009)   

‘The Abstract and the Concrete in the Control of Social Space (with Particular Reference to Deleuze and Guattari’s Kafka: Toward A Minor Literature)’, The Control Conference (Cardiff ?University, June 2009)  

‘"A Sort of Neo-Kantianism”: Knowledge and the Historical A Priori in Deleuze’s Reading of Foucault’, Workshop on Deleuze’s Foucault (University of Greenwich, April 2009) 

'Understanding Kant’s Architectonic Method in the Critique of Pure Reason’, Philosophy Research Seminar Series (University of Greenwich, January 2009) 

‘Any-Situation-Whatever: Bringing Together Deleuze’s Account of Individuation and Kant’s Categories’, 1st International Deleuze Studies Conference: One or Several Deleuzes? (Cardiff University, August 2008) 

‘“An Idea of the Whole”: Evaluating Kant’s Categories in the Critique of Pure Reason', School of Humanities 5th Annual Conference (University of Greenwich, May 2008) 

‘Thinking Difference Through Flows: Deleuze and Guattari on the Immanence of Desire to Society in Anti-Oedipus’, 11th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy: Philosophy Post-1968 (University of Essex, May 2008) 

‘Engineering Appearances: Locating Kant in Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus’, Philosophy Research Seminar Series (University of Greenwich, January 2008)  

‘Reason, Desire and Incompleteness in Deleuze’s Early Reading of Kant’, Human Sciences Seminar Series (Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2007) 

‘Reason, Desire and Incompleteness in Deleuze’s Reading of Kant’, The Strange Encounter of Kant and Deleuze International Conference  (University of Greenwich, July 2007)  

‘Ideas and the Faculty of Reason in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason’, School of Humanities 4th Annual Conference (University of Greenwich, May 2007) 

‘Art as Non-Knowledge: Gilles Deleuze on Consciousness and Apprenticeship’, 2nd International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts (University of Wales, Aberystwyth, May 2007) 

‘The Development of the Fractured Self in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition’, 2nd Annual Joint SEP and FEP Conference (University of Dundee, September 2006) 

‘”No book against anything ever had any importance”: Thinking Structure and Genesis with Deleuze’, School of Humanities 3rd Annual Conference (University of Greenwich, May 2006) 

‘Openness and Selection in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition’, 1st Annual Joint SEP and FEP Conference (University of Reading, September 2005) 

‘Relationships of the Faculties in Deleuze’s Reading of Kant’, School of Humanities 2nd Annual Conference (University of Greenwich, May 2005) 

‘Immanent Critique: Evaluating Deleuze’s 1960’s Reading of Kant’, 7th Annual SEP Conference (University of Greenwich, August 2004) -


 

 

Other 

 

'Managerial Concepts Need Managing, Too', letter to The Times Higher Education Supplement, 27th May 2010


'Terms of Concealment', letter to The Times Higher Education Supplement, 3rd December 2009 


'Working Together with a Shared Vision', letter to The Times Higher Education Supplement, 16th April 2009

 

 

 

 

 


 






 


 

 


 


 




 

 

 



 

 

 

 




 




 

 



 



 

 




 
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