By Reidar Andreas Due
This ebook offers a transparent and concise creation to the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. It analyses his key theoretical suggestions, reminiscent of distinction and the physique with out organs, and covers the entire varied components of his inspiration, together with metaphysics, the historical past of philosophy, psychoanalysis, political thought, the philosophy of the social sciences and aesthetics. because the first e-book to provide a accomplished research of Deleuze's writings, it unearths either the inner coherence of his philosophy and its improvement via a sequence of specified phases.Reidar Due bargains a wholly new interpretation of Deleuze's philosophy, concentrated round the concept of inspiration as a potential to shape relatives. those family are embodied in nature, in language and within the subconscious; in paintings, technology and social perform. With this idea of embodied proposal, Deleuze demanding situations our such a lot entrenched ideals concerning the self and approximately symptoms no matter if linguistic or social. He develops an unique concept of strength and social structures and provides a mode for knowing any signifying perform, from language and formality to the subconscious, together with cinema, literature and painting.Due analyses the several strands during this theoretical edifice and indicates its implications for quite a lot of human sciences, from historical past and psychology to political thought and cultural reports.
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Extra resources for Deleuze (Key Contemporary Thinkers)
For Platonism does not imply or promote the self-limitation of thought produced in 'representation'. It is a speculative philosophy that does not take sense experience to be a measure of truth - and Deleuze too is a speculative philosopher. Thus, Deleuze, like Plato, attempts to provide, with the instruments of thinking alone, an Immanence and Subjectivity 27 account of reality that differs markedly from what we would think reality is if we trust sense experience and ordinary language use. But the nature of this speculative account at the same time differs sharply from Plato's rationalistic Idealism.
How can it be that the modes produced by substance are not all identical? Deleuze faced a similar problem in his book on Bergson's spiritual metaphysics of life. In this book, Deleuze reconstructs Bergson's Immanence and Subjectivity 39 concept of life so that it becomes a process of immanent differentiation, proceeding through separation and composition of layers of reality. These layers are real but they are not physical. In Bergson's spiritualist metaphysics Deleuze thus finds a level of reality that is not given as physical nature without consisting simply in formal principles, like the rules of logic.
In other words, experience is not self-elucidating, we do not arrive at an understanding of experience by examining experience, but only by acquiring a rigorous method for separating mental acts from each other according to their own intrinsic natures. This method depends on a distinction between what is given in experience which Deleuze calls actuality, and the real natures of mental acts which are not given as such in actuality. These real natures only exist virtually. The virtual existence of these natures is nevertheless real rather than a mere formal or logical presupposition of experience, but their reality is of a somewhat special kind.