Mr Edward Thornton

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My research interests include 20th century European philosophy, political philosophy, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and institutional psychotherapy.


My PhD was titled 'On Lines of Flight: A Study of Deleuze and Guattari's Concept'. This project offered an analysis of the philosophical and political implications of the collaborative work completed by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst and militant Félix Guattari. By tracing the development of the concept of the 'line of flight' (ligne de fuite) through a number of different works, authored either by one of these thinkers or by the two of them together, my thesis showed how and why this concept was created, how it functions within the conceptual domain of Deleuzoguattarian writing, and subsequently what kind of philosophical and political work the concept can do. 


In order to complete this project I was awarded a full AHRC scholarship via the TECHNE Research Consortium.


The project was supervised by Professor Nathan Widder and Dr Henry Somers-Hall. My external examiner was Professor Daniel W Smith (Purdue University) and my internal examiner was Dr John Sellars. 

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