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Jeffrey Bell and Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636082

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.001.0001

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Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography

Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography

(p.54) Chapter 2 Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography
Deleuze and History
Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes Gilles Deleuze's early work on David Hume. Deleuze and Félix Guattari's call for a theme of problematising history is also elaborated. It discusses the problems of the Scottish Enlightenment that are inseparable from the current situation, problems that may allow for the creative transformation of the unquestioned actualities of daily life. Hume's discussion of identity occurs at a crucial point in the Treatise. Hume attempted to carry his thought beyond everyday actualities. It then explores how a Deleuzian historical ontology could be employed to understand intellectual and cultural change. Deleuzian problematising history begins with concepts as solutions in order to move towards the virtual fields and problems that are inseparable from the functional concepts and representations; and it is this virtual field that makes new work possible — that is, the mapping and representational work of functional concepts.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, David Hume, Félix Guattari, Deleuzian problematising history, Scottish Enlightenment, Treatise, Deleuzian historical ontology

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