This introductory chapter briefly examines how, out of the formative encounter between Deleuze and Lucretius, Lucretian atomism provoked Deleuzeanism. Although Deleuze consistently expressed his admiration for Lucretian atomism throughout his life, his relationship to this ancient philosophy has been almost completely ignored. Hence, the aim of this chapter is to briefly explore the idea of atomism as a provocative predecessor to Deleuze's own theory of ideas. To put another way, atomism articulates the problem to which Deleuzeanism is one response, where the problems and concepts that characterised, structured, and defined atomism, especially in its Lucretian form, have generated many of the main problems and concepts operating in Deleuze's writings.
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