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The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter$
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Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416535

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416535.001.0001

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Deleuze and the Adventure of Ideas

Deleuze and the Adventure of Ideas

(p.16) 1 Deleuze and the Adventure of Ideas
The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter

Ryan J. Johnson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins with Deleuze's theory of immanent problems or ideas. Examining the ways in which the two main theorists of ideas — Plato and Kant — shape Deleuze's own theory, this chapter shows that ideas are the problems of the world, and the various actualised individuals we experience are the divergent solutions to these problems. The Deleuzean idea, as for Plato and Kant, is characterised by three dimensions, which are called the ‘three-part problem-structure of ideas’: firstly, the undetermined elements are, secondly, reciprocally determinable through differential relations, which are organised by, thirdly, the determination of singularities. Unlike the idea in Plato or Kant, though, an idea for Deleuze is not a transcendent unified identity but is instead a truly generative and immanent ontological structure.

Keywords:   immanent problems, ideas, Plato, Immanuel Kant, three-part problem-structure, undetermined elements, differential relations, determination of singularities, immanent ideas

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