5 seminars (11 hours): During academic year 1979-80, Deleuze undertakes a thirteen-session study of Apparatuses of State and War Machines (6 Nov 1979 - 25 March 1980).
At the start of the 26 February 1980 seminar, Deleuze explains, “some of you asked me to do something that would be a kind of presentation on a very great philosopher, one that is very difficult, named Leibniz. So, I could do so unless there are any… if you have subjects or problems connected to your own research, we could see. … This depends greatly on you, a certain number of whom have been working with me for… a long time, a lot of years, and all that we’ve done for four or five years, I think are some very different things, but these are things focusing on some of the same notions. So, it could be very useful again to take up certain notions that we have worked on over several years…. So anything is possible; it’s up to you, but as of now, or in a coming meeting, I will do something on Leibniz… a special request.”
This brief seminar clearly predates publication of his 1988 book on Leibniz, The Fold, Leibniz and the Baroque, by 6 years, as well as the twenty-session seminar undertaken in 1986-87.
Please note that the transcriptions and translations below are entirely new versions, differing significantly from those that have hitherto been available at the WebDeleuze site. They now correspond as faithfully as possible, without omissions, to the recordings available from the BNF and YouTube (linked here on each transcript page).