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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
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Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

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On the Surface: The Deleuze-Stoicism Encounter

On the Surface: The Deleuze-Stoicism Encounter

(p.270) Chapter 15 On the Surface: The Deleuze-Stoicism Encounter
Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

Ryan J. Johnson

Edinburgh University Press

Ryan J. Johnson’s “On the Surface: The Deleuze-Stoicism Encounter” investigates Deleuze’s reworking of Stoic ontology and the theory of incorporeals. Contrary to the traditional interpretation, Johnson argues that there are three, not four, primary incorporeals: space, λεκτόν‎, and time. Deploying Deleuze’s thinking of the intensive-extensive ontological distinction, Johnson shows that each of the three incorporeals are paradoxically structured by the slight Stoic surface-without-thickness separating and connecting their respective extensive and intensive dimensions (place/void, verb/noun, Aion/Chronos). It is through this strange ontology of the incorporeals that the Stoics become the initiators of a new image of philosophy that generates a lineage of thought leading, eventually, to Deleuze himself.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Stoicism, Ontology, Incorporeals, Extensive, Intensive

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