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Affirming DivergenceDeleuze's Reading of Leibniz$
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Alex Tissandier

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417747

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417747.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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(p.i) Affirming Divergence
Author(s):

Alex Tissandier

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417747.003.0001

References to Leibniz’s philosophy appear constantly throughout Deleuze’s work. Despite often repeating the same themes, we find marked differences in tone, as if Deleuze is unable to arrive at a conclusive judgement. This book explores these various engagements and tries to account for these shifts in tone. Ultimately it will argue that focusing on Deleuze’s interpretation of Leibniz – both his appropriations and his criticisms – helps us to understand some key moments in Deleuze’s own philosophical development. A close reading, emphasising the particular context and terminology of Leibniz’s work, will open a narrow point of access into some of the most difficult areas of Deleuze’s philosophy. In the course of this reading, it will become clear that it is precisely Leibniz’s ambiguous status for Deleuze which makes an investigation into their relationship so fruitful: by not only explaining Leibniz’s positive influence, but also pinpointing the precise grounds for their eventual divergence, we hope to better articulate some of Deleuze’s own philosophical priorities....

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