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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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Time and the Split Subject

Time and the Split Subject

(p.210) 4 Time and the Split Subject
Conditions of Thought

Daniela Voss

Edinburgh University Press

`This chapter examines the way in which the transcendental conditions are related to a split subject. It follows Deleuze’s reading of Kant according to which Kant’s invention of the pure and empty form of time not only breaks with the ancient circular model of time, but also introduces a fracture in the ‘I’ that will compel the subject to confront itself as an Other. Deleuze explains the genesis as well as the fracture of the subject by his theory of time captured in the three syntheses of time in Difference and Repetition. The chapter argues that the third synthesis of time, i.e., Nietzsche’s eternal return, is the necessary prerequisite for opening up the subject and referring it to the realm of Ideas. The chapter illustrates this relation by looking at how Deleuze makes use of Pierre Klossowski’s account of Nietzsche as a thinker of the eternal return.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, transcendental conditions, Kant, time, Nietzsche, Pierre Klossowski

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