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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 Demand for Transcendental Genetic Conditions

The Demand for Transcendental Genetic Conditions

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Conditions of Thought

Daniela Voss

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Deleuze’s demand for transcendental genetic conditions. This demand arises from a criticism of Kant’s extrinsic account of conditioning, which leaves a gap between the a priori concepts and given intuition. With recourse to Nietzsche’s ‘method of dramatisation’, Deleuze shows that the concepts or moral feelings operative in thought need to be related to a particular combination of forces that determines the sense and value of what we feel, say, or think. The chapter argues that in search of transcendental conditions that are not only genetic but also unconditioned themselves, that is heterogeneous to the series of conditioned conditions, Deleuze finds what he requires in Maimon’s concept of ‘differentials of consciousness’. For Maimon, the sub-conscious manifold of genetic differential elements serves as an explanatory principle for the manner in which real experience arises.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Kant, conditioning, Nietzsche, Maimon, differentials of consciousness

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