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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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Deleuze’s Critique of Representation

Deleuze’s Critique of Representation

(p.59) 3 Deleuze’s Critique of Representation
Affirming Divergence

Alex Tissandier

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the motivations and method behind Deleuze’s philosophical project. It begins with a detailed reading of Deleuze’s review of Hyppolite’s Logic and Existence, in which Deleuze first articulates his claim that the goal of philosophy is to create a logic of sense, rather than a metaphysics of essence. This review introduces Deleuze’s central criticism that the history of philosophy has for too long given a foundational role to certain features of our naïve representation of the world, instead of explaining the genesis of these features. Among these is an understanding of difference as opposition that finds its ultimate expression in Hegelian contradiction. Deleuze briefly invokes Leibniz as a figure who is perhaps capable of providing an alternative concept of difference. The chapter then turns to the opening chapters of Difference and Repetition, where Deleuze again outlines a critique of the history of philosophy’s treatment of difference and its subordination to the structure of representation. This time Deleuze traces a history through Plato, Aristotle, Leibniz and Hegel. In Leibniz he identifies for the first time a world of “restless” infinitely small differences which will become central to all his later readings.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Leibniz, Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Hyppolite, Difference and Repetition, Representation, Contradiction, Vice-diction

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