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The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter

Ryan J. Johnson


This book explores how Deleuze's thought was shaped by Lucretian atomism — a formative but often-ignored influence from ancient philosophy. More than any other 20th-century philosopher, Gilles Deleuze considers himself an apprentice to the history of philosophy. But scholarship has ignored one of the more formative influences on Deleuze: Lucretian atomism. Deleuze's encounter with Lucretius sparked a way of thinking that resonates throughout all his writings: from immanent ontology to affirmative ethics, from dynamic materialism to the generation of thought itself. Filling a significant gap in ... More

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze, Lucretian atomism, Lucretius, immanent ontology, affirmative ethics, dynamic materialism, Deleuze Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474416535
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan J. Johnson, author
Elon University