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Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage$
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Graham Jones and Jon Roffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632992

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632992.001.0001

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(p.8) 1 Plato
Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage

Gregory Flaxman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Gilles Deleuze's commentaries on the philosophical beliefs of Plato. It discusses the contents of Difference and Repetition and in the first appendix to The Logic of Sense, where he developed his most extensive analysis of Plato. The chapter explains Deleuze's opinion that modern philosophy has never had any other task than the overturning or renversement of Platonism, and suggests that Deleuze turned to Plato not only to recover the originary motive and force of the Idea, but to demystify the power of the Idea to adjudicate among rivals, such that the great Platonic dualism of Idea and image, of model and copy, lapses into indiscernibility of depths.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Plato, Difference and Repetition, Logic of Sense, Platonism, originary motive, Idea, Platonic dualism

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