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Affirming Divergence: Deleuze's Reading of Leibniz

Alex Tissandier


Leibniz is a constant, but often overlooked, presence in Deleuze’s philosophy. This book explains three key moments in Deleuze’s philosophical development through the lens of his engagement with Leibniz. In doing so it hopes to offer a focused framework for understanding some of the most difficult aspects of Deleuze’s philosophy. Part One examines Deleuze’s account of the “anti-Cartesian reaction” of Spinoza and Leibniz which culminates in their two competing theories of expression. It argues that in some key respects Deleuze favours Leibniz’s interpretation of this key concept over Spinoza’s. ... More

Keywords: Deleuze, Leibniz, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, Difference and Repetition, Logic of Sense, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, Metaphysics, Divergence, Vice-diction, Representation

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474417747
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Tissandier, author
Independent Scholar

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