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Conditions of ThoughtDeleuze and Transcendental Ideas$
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Daniela Voss

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676255

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676255.001.0001

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The Dogmatic Image of Thought

The Dogmatic Image of Thought

(p.18) 1 The Dogmatic Image of Thought
Conditions of Thought

Daniela Voss

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Deleuze’s understanding of the expression ‘dogmatic Image of thought’ and why he rejects it. One of the main reasons for his rejection is the adherence of the dogmatic Image of thought to the model of representation, which operates through judgements based on the identity of concepts, thereby excluding all the non-conceptual or pre-linguistic differences and repetitions that cannot be identified. The model of representation denies these differences and repetitions a concept of their own, and dismisses the genetic and creative force that allows them to produce signs or senses that cannot be captured by logic. By means of a criticism of the dogmatic Image of thought, Deleuze opens the path to a detailed exploration of the transcendental as consisting of genetic, differential forces beneath the order of representation.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, representation, differences, repetitions, transcendental

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