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The Logic of Sense (Logique du sens) is a 1969 book by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. An exploration of meaning and meaninglessness, or "common sense" and "nonsense", it consists of a series of thirty-four paradoxes and an appendix that contains five previously published essays, including a brief overview of Deleuze's ontology entitled "Plato and the Simulacrum".

The book introduces Deleuze's philosophy of the event and of becoming and includes textual analyses of works by Lewis Carroll, Seneca, Pierre Klossowski, Michel Tournier, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Emile Zola and Sigmund Freud.

Michel Foucault said that The Logic of Sense "should be read as the boldest and most insolent of metaphysical treatises - on the simple condition that instead of denouncing metaphysics as the neglect of being, we force it to speak of extrabeing".

The English edition was translated by Mark Lester with Charles Stivale, and edited by Constantin V. Boundas.


Preface: From Lewis Carroll to the Stoics

First Series of Paradoxes of Pure Becoming

Second Series of Paradoxes of Surface Effects

Third Series of the Proposition

Fourth Series of Dualities

Fifth Series of Sense

Sixth Series on Serialization

Seventh Series of Esoteric Words

Eighth Series of Structure

Ninth Series of the Problematic

Tenth Series of the Ideal Game

Eleventh Series of Nonsense

Twelfth Series of the Paradox

Thirteenth Series of the Schizophrenic and the Little Girl

Fourteenth Series of Double Causality

Fifteenth Series of Singularities

Sixteenth Series of the Static Ontological Genesis

Seventeenth Series of the Static Logical Genesis

Eighteenth Series of the Three Images of Philosophers

Nineteenth Series of Humor

Twentieth Series on the Moral Problem in Stoic Philosophy

Twenty-First Series of the Event

Twenty-Second Series -- Porcelain and Volcano

Twenty Third Series of the Aion

Twenty Fourth Series of the Communication of Events

Twenty Fifth Series of Univocity

Twenty-Sixth Series of Language

Twenty-Seventh Series of Orality

Twenty-Eight Series of Sexuality

Twenty-Ninth Series -- Good Intentiosn are Inevitably Punished

Thirtieth Series of Phantasm

Thirty-First Series of Thought

Thirty-Second Series on the Different Kinds of Series

Thirty-Third Series of Alice’s Adventures

Thirty-Fourth Series of Primary Order and Secondary Organization


I. The Simulacrum and Ancient Philosophy

1. Plato and the Simulacrum

2. Lucretius and the Simulacrum

II. Phantasm and Modern Literature

3. Klossowski or Bodies-Language

4. Michel Tournier and the World Without Others

5. Zola and the Crack-Up



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