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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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Differentiation, Individuation, Dramatisation and Actualisation

Differentiation, Individuation, Dramatisation and Actualisation

(p.120) 3 Differentiation, Individuation, Dramatisation and Actualisation
The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter

Ryan J. Johnson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shows how both of the ontological accounts discussed previously produce a physics of emergence and individuation. It argues that the processes of individuation that emerge from them are ways of solving such problems. What emerges is not simply more atoms but the unlimited varieties of colours, sights, sounds, and so on characterising our world. Filling in a lacuna in Lucretius' text with Deleuze's formulation of the process of genetic conditioning, the chapter reveals that the problematic status of the atomic and Deleuzean idea is simultaneously transcendent and immanent: the solution never completely resolves the problem, such that the problem is transcendent to the solution; and yet the very insolvability of the problem holds because the problem insists in the given solution.

Keywords:   emergence, individuation, genetic conditioning, differentiation, dramatisation, actualisation

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