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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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The Encounter in Sense and Thought

The Encounter in Sense and Thought

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(p.161) 4 The Encounter in Sense and Thought
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The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter
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Ryan J. Johnson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416535.003.0005

This chapter turns to the thorny issues of thought, consciousness, and human subjectivity. As naturalists, Lucretius and Deleuze do not assume the existence of a subject, but instead attempt to account for the ways in which the subject itself emerges out of the natural world. The task of this chapter is to show how Lucretian atomism and Deleuze account for the production of a thinking and conscious being (a subject) through the violent encounter with simulacra and what Deleuze calls ‘the being of the sensible’. The production of thought and knowledge is hence another instance of actualisation, like all things — albeit this time the result is thinking.

Keywords:   thought, consciousness, human subjectivity, simulacra, the being of the sensible, knowledge, actualisation, thinking

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