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    Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction.Todd May - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book offers a readable and compelling introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century's most important and elusive thinkers. Other books have tried to explain Deleuze in general terms. Todd May organizes his book around a central question at the heart of Deleuze's philosophy: how might we live? The author then goes on to explain how Deleuze offers a view of the cosmos as a living thing that provides ways of conducting our lives that we may not (...)
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  2. The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality.Todd May - 2008 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    This book examines the political perspective of French thinker and historian Jacques Ranci&ère. Ranci&ère argues that a democratic politics emerges out of people&’s acting under the presupposition of their own equality with those better situated in the social hierarchy. Todd May examines and extends this presupposition, offering a normative framework for understanding it, placing it in the current political context, and showing how it challenges traditional political philosophy and opens up neglected political paths. He demonstrates that the presupposition of equality (...)
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    Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière: Equality in Action.Todd May - 2010 - Edinburgh University Press.
    How democratic progressive politics can happen and how it is happening in very different political arenas.
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    Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy.Todd G. May & Michael Hardt - 1994 - Substance 23 (2):119.
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    A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe.Todd May - 2015 - University of Chicago Press.
    What makes for a good life, or a beautiful one, or, perhaps most important, a meaningful one? Throughout history most of us have looked to our faith, our relationships, or our deeds for the answer. But in A Significant Life, philosopher Todd May offers an exhilarating new way of thinking about these questions, one deeply attuned to life as it actually is: a work in progress, a journey—and often a narrative. Offering moving accounts of his own life and memories alongside (...)
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  6. Between Genealogy and Epistemology: Psychology, Politics, and Knowledge in the Thought of Michel Foucault.Todd May - 1993 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    Michel Foucault introduced a new form of political thinking and discourse. Rather than seeking to understand the grand unities of state, economy, or exploitation, he tried to discover the micropolitical workings of everyday life that have often founded the greater unities. He was particularly concerned with how we understand ourselves psychologically, and thus with how psychological knowledge developed and came to be accepted as true. In the course of his writings, he developed a genealogy of psychology, an account of psychology (...)
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    Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, Deleuze.Todd May - 1997 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    Reconsidering Difference has a twofold task, the primary one critical and the secondary one reconstructive. The critical task is to show that these various privilegings are philosophical failures.
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    Nonviolent Resistance: A Philosophical Introduction.Todd May - 2015 - Polity.
    We see nonviolent resistance all over today’s world, from Egypt’s Tahrir Square to New York Occupy. Although we think of the last century as one marked by wars and violent conflict, in fact it was just as much a century of nonviolence as the achievements of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and peaceful protests like the one that removed Ferdinand Marcos from the Philippines clearly demonstrate. But what is nonviolence? What makes a campaign a nonviolent one, and how (...)
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  9. The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism.Todd May - 1994 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    The political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along a single parameter: the balance between state power and individual rights in liberalism and the focus on economic justice as a goal in Marxism. What poststructuralists like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-François Lyotard offer instead is a political philosophy that can be called tactical: it emphasizes that power emerges from many different (...)
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  10. Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, Deleuze.Todd May - 1982 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    French philosophy since World War II has been preoccupied with the issue of difference. Specifically, it has wanted to promote or to leave room for ways of living and of being that differ from those usually seen in contemporary Western society. Given the experience of the Holocaust, the motivation for such a preoccupation is not difficult to see. For some thinkers, especially Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Gilles Deleuze, this preoccupation has led to a mode of philosophizing that (...)
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    The Philosophy of Foucault.Todd May - 2006 - Routledge.
    Michel Foucault's historical and philosophical investigations have gone through many phases: the archaeological, the genealogical, and the ethical among them. What remains constant, however, is the question that motivates them: who are we? Todd May follows Foucault's itinerary from his early history of madness to his posthumously published College de France lectures and shows how the question of who we are shifts and changes but remains constantly at or just below the surface of his writings. By approaching Foucault's work in (...)
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    The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism.Todd May - 1994 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    The political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along a single parameter: the balance between state power and individual rights in liberalism and the focus on economic justice as a goal in Marxism. What poststructuralists like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-François Lyotard offer instead is a political philosophy that can be called tactical: it emphasizes that power emerges from many different (...)
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    Deleuze, Ethical Education, and the Unconscious.Todd May & Inna Semetsky - unknown
    While teaching values is an important part of education, contemporary moral education, however, presents a set of pre-established values to be inculcated rather than comprising a critical inquiry into their possible rightness and wrongness. This essay proposes a somewhat different direction by saying that education, rather than concerning itself with the moral, should concern itself with the ethical. Although morals and ethics are usually equated, we use ethical here as posited by Gilles Deleuze's question of who we might be, based (...)
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  14. The Politics of Life in the Thought of Gilles Deleuze.Todd G. May - 1991 - Substance 20 (3):24.
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  15. Foucault's Relation to Phenomenology.Todd May - 2006 - In Gary Gutting (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Foucault. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Friendship in an Age of Economics: Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism.Todd May - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    Friendship in an Age of Economics is the first book not only to detail the relationships neoliberalism encourages us to have, but also to see how friendship can provide a bulwark of resistance to them. Written in an engaging style, it will be understandable to political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and cultural theorists.
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    The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism.Todd May - 2004 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    Both Anglo-American and Continental thinkers have long denied that there can be a coherent moral defense of the poststructuralist politics of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-François Lyotard. For many Anglo-American thinkers, as well as for Critical Theorists such as Habermas, poststructuralism is not coherent enough to defend morally. Alternatively, for Foucault, Deleuze, Lyotard, and their followers, the practice of moral theorizing is passé at best and more likely insidious. Todd May argues both that a moral defense of poststructuralism is (...)
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  18. Thinking the Break: Rancière, Badiou and the Return of a Politics of Resistance.Todd May - 2009 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 1 (2):253-268.
    Politics today seems to be marked either by fear or conciliation. The idea of a radical break with the present has, for many, been removed from the agenda. What tie together the thought of Jacques Rancière and Alain Badiou is a commitment to politics as offering the possibility of a break with the present. This paper examines their common thought, as well as what divides them, from the perspective of a renewal of the political project of resistance.
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  19. The Philosophy of Foucault.Todd May - 2006 - Routledge.
    Michel Foucault's historical and philosophical investigations have gone through many phases: the archaeological, the genealogical, and the ethical among them. What remains constant, however, is the question that motivates them: who are we? Todd May follows Foucault's itinerary from his early history of madness to his posthumously published College de France lectures and shows how the question of who we are shifts and changes but remains constantly at or just below the surface of his writings. By approaching Foucault's work in (...)
     
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    When is a Deleuzian Becoming ?Todd May - 2003 - Continental Philosophy Review 36 (2):139-153.
    Much has been written recently about the Deleuzian concept of becoming. Most of that writing, especially in feminist criticism, has drawn from the later collaborations with Guattari. However, the concept of a becoming arises earlier and appears more consistently across the trajectory of Deleuze's work than the discussion of specific becomings might lead one to believe. In this paper, I trace the concept of becoming in Deleuze's work, and specifically in the earlier works. By doing so, I hope to shed (...)
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    Moral Individualism, Moral Relationalism, and Obligations to Non‐Human Animals.Todd May - 2014 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (2):155-168.
    Moral individualists like Jeff McMahan and Peter Singer argue that our moral obligations to animals, both human and non‐human, are grounded in the morally salient capacities of those animals. By contrast, what might be called moral relationalists argue that our obligations to non‐human animals are grounded in our relationship to them. Moral relationalists are of various kinds, from relationalists regarding assistance to animals, such as Clare Palmer and Elizabeth Anderson, to relationalists grounded in a Wittgensteinian view of human practice, such (...)
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    Genealogy, Problematization, and Normativity in Michel Foucault.Todd May - 2014 - History and Theory 53 (3):419-427.
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    On the Very Idea of Continental (or for That Matter Anglo-American) Philosophy.Todd May - 2002 - Metaphilosophy 33 (4):401-425.
    For most of the past century, philosophers on the Continent and those in the United States and Britain have taken themselves to be working in very different, even mutually exclusive, philosophical traditions. Although that may have been true until recently, it is no longer so. This piece surveys ten different proposed distinctions that have been offered between the two traditions, and it shows that none of them works, as there are major thinkers on both sides of each proposed distinction that (...)
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    A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability.Todd May - 2017 - University of Chicago Press.
    It is perhaps our noblest cause, and certainly one of our oldest: to end suffering. Think of the Buddha, Chuang Tzu, or Marcus Aurelius: stoically composed figures impervious to the torments of the wider world, living their lives in complete serenity—and teaching us how to do the same. After all, isn’t a life free from suffering the ideal? Isn’t it what so many of us seek? Absolutely not, argues Todd May in this provocative but compassionate book. In a moving examination (...)
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    Friendship in an Age of Economics: Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism.Todd May - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    This is the first book not only to detail the relationships neoliberalism encourages us to have but also to see how friendship can provide a bulwark of resistance to it. Written in an engaging style, it will be understandable to political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and cultural theorists.
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  26. Difference and Unity in Gilles Deleuze.Todd May - 1994 - In Constantin V. Boundas & Dorothea Olkowski (eds.), Gilles Deleuze and the Theater of Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 33--50.
     
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    Death.Todd May - 2009 - Routledge.
    The fact that we will die, and that our death can come at any time, pervades the entirety of our living. There are many ways to think about and deal with death. Among those ways, however, a good number of them are attempts to escape its grip. In this book, Todd May seeks to confront death in its power. He considers the possibility that our mortal deaths are the end of us, and asks what this might mean for our living. (...)
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  28. Is Post-Structuralist Political Theory Anarchist?Todd May - 1989 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 15 (2):167-182.
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    Democracy is Where We Make It: The Relevance of Jacques Rancière.Todd May - 2009 - Symposium 13 (1):3-21.
    How might we think about equality in a non-hierarchical fashion? How might equality be conceived with some degree of equality? The problem with the presupposition of liberalism is that, by distributing equality, liberals place most people at the receiving end of the political operation. There are those who distribute equality and those who receive it. Once you start with that assumption, the hierarchy is already in place. It’s too late to return to equality. Equality, instead of being the result of (...)
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    From Universality to Inequality.Jeff Love & Todd May - 2008 - Symposium 12 (2):51-69.
    Alain Badiou argues in “Rancière and Apolitics” that Rancière has appropriated his central idea of equality from Badiou’s own work. We argue that Badiou’s characterisation of Rancière’s project is correct, but that his self-characterisation is mistaken. What Badiou’s ontology of events opens out onto is not necessarily equality, but instead universality. Equality is only one form of universality, but there is nothing in Badiou’s thought that prohibits the (multiple) universality he positsfrom being hierarchical. In the end, then, Badiou’s thought moves (...)
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    The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism.Todd May - 1999 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 59 (1):271-273.
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    Jacques Rancière and the Ethics of Equality.Todd May - 2007 - Substance 36 (2):20-36.
  33. Our Practices, Our Selves: Or, What It Means to Be Human.Todd May - 2001 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    "This enjoyable book, written in an engaging, colloquial voice, is that rare kind of introduction to philosophy that both shows that philosophy is a distinctive form of lively conceptual activity rather than an inert body of dusty doctrines and makes a contribution to the field it introduces by showing the importance of our multifarious human practices to questions of selfhood and identity." -Back cover.
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    Foucault Now?Todd May - 2005 - Foucault Studies 3:65-76.
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    Michel Foucault's Guide to Living.Todd May - 2006 - Angelaki 11 (3):173 – 184.
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    Philosophy as a Spiritual Exercise in Foucault and Deleuze.Todd May - 2000 - Angelaki 5 (2):223 – 229.
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    Democracy is Where We Make It.Todd May - 2009 - Symposium 13 (1):3-21.
    How might we think about equality in a non-hierarchical fashion? How might equality be conceived with some degree of equality? The problem with the presupposition of liberalism is that, by distributing equality, liberals place most people at the receiving end of the political operation. There are those who distribute equality and those who receive it. Once you start with that assumption, the hierarchy is already in place. It’s too late to return to equality. Equality, instead of being the result of (...)
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    Gilles Deleuze and the Politics of Time.Todd May - 1996 - Man and World 29 (3):293-304.
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    Response to Hamann and McWhorter.Todd May - 2005 - Foucault Studies 3:88-90.
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    A New Neo-Pragmatism: From James and Dewey to Foucault.Todd May - 2011 - Foucault Studies 11:54-62.
    Michel Foucault's thought not only converges with a certain type of pragmatism; it can deepen our understanding of pragmatism. There is an ambivalence in pragmatist thought between an approach that privileges the question of: ”What works?” and ”How does it work?” The former misses the political idea that some practices don't just work, but work for one purpose or another. Foucault's pragmatism does not focus on what works, but instead utilizes the concept of practices as a unit of analysis, and (...)
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  41. Jacques Rancière: Literature and Equality.Todd May - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (1):83-92.
  42. Death.Todd May - 2009 - Routledge.
    The fact that we will die, and that our death can come at any time, pervades the entirety of our living. There are many ways to think about and deal with death. Among those ways, however, a good number of them are attempts to escape its grip. In this book, Todd May seeks to confront death in its power. He considers the possibility that our mortal deaths are the end of us, and asks what this might mean for our living. (...)
     
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    From Universality to Inequality: Badiou’s Critique of Rancière.Jeff Love & Todd May - 2008 - Symposium 12 (2):51-69.
    Alain Badiou argues in “Rancière and Apolitics” that Rancière has appropriated his central idea of equality from Badiou’s own work. We argue that Badiou’s characterisation of Rancière’s project is correct, but that his self-characterisation is mistaken. What Badiou’s ontology of events opens out onto is not necessarily equality, but instead universality. Equality is only one form of universality, but there is nothing in Badiou’s thought that prohibits the universality he positsfrom being hierarchical. In the end, then, Badiou’s thought moves in (...)
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  44. Rancière in South Carolina.Todd May - 2009 - In Gabriel Rockhill & Philip Watts (eds.), Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics. Duke University Press.
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    Heritage and Hate.Todd May - 2002 - Teaching Ethics 2 (2):77-79.
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    New Perspectives on Anarchism.Samantha E. Bankston, Harold Barclay, Lewis Call, Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos, Vernon Cisney, Jesse Cohn, Abraham DeLeon, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Benjamin Franks, Clive Gabay, Karen Goaman, Rodrigo Gomes Guimarães, Uri Gordon, James Horrox, Anthony Ince, Sandra Jeppesen, Stavros Karageorgakis, Elizabeth Kolovou, Thomas Martin, Todd May, Nicolae Morar, Irène Pereira, Stevphen Shukaitis, Mick Smith, Scott Turner, Salvo Vaccaro, Mitchell Verter, Dana Ward & Dana M. Williams - 2009 - Lexington Books.
    The study of anarchism as a philosophical, political, and social movement has burgeoned both in the academy and in the global activist community in recent years. Taking advantage of this boom in anarchist scholarship, Nathan J. Jun and Shane Wahl have compiled twenty-six cutting-edge essays on this timely topic in New Perspectives on Anarchism.
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    A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us.Todd May - 2019 - University of Chicago Press.
    You’re probably never going to be a saint. Even so, let’s face it: you could be a better person. We all could. But what does that mean for you? In a world full of suffering and deprivation, it’s easy to despair—and it’s also easy to judge ourselves for not doing more. Even if we gave away everything we own and devoted ourselves to good works, it wouldn’t solve all the world’s problems. It would make them better, though. So is that (...)
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  48. Analytic Themes in Continental Philosophy.Todd May - 2007 - In Constantin Boundas (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 629-642.
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  49. Book Review. [REVIEW]Todd May - 1993 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 7:313-317.
     
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    Death.Todd May - 2009 - Routledge.
    The fact that we will die, and that our death can come at any time, pervades the entirety of our living. There are many ways to think about and deal with death. Among those ways, however, a good number of them are attempts to escape its grip. In this book, Todd May seeks to confront death in its power. He considers the possibility that our mortal deaths are the end of us, and asks what this might mean for our living. (...)
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