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Gilles Deleuze
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Born 18 January 1925
Paris, France
Died 4 November 1995(1995-11-04) (aged 70)
Paris, France
Education University of Paris
(B.A.; M.A., 1947; Doctorat d'Etat ès lettres, 1969)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Institutions University of Paris VIII
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Gilles Deleuze ( "zhee duh-LOOZ"); 18 January 1925 – 4 November 1995) was a French philosopher. He wrote about philosophy, literature, movie, and art. His most popular books were the two parts of Capitalism and Scizophrenia. The first part is called Anti-Oedipus (1972), and the second part is called A Thousand Plateaus (1980). Both books were written with his academic partner Félix Guattari. He also wrote Difference and Repetition (1968).

Some people think that he is among the greatest philosophers. His work is considered very important in philosophy and art, including literary theory, semiotics, post-structuralism, and postmodernism.


Deleuze was born in Paris and lived there most of his life. He went to school during World War II and later studied philosophy and history at the University of Paris. He started teaching philosophy in 1948, and taught at several universities. He married Denise Paul "Fanny" Grandjouan in 1956.

Deleuze worked at the University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis from 1969 to 1987. There he became friends and worked with Michel Foucault and Félix Guattari.

He had a lung removed in 1968 because he had tuberculosis. It was difficult for him to breathe for the rest of his life.

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