Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference

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SUNY Press, Feb 14, 2012 - Philosophy - 305 pages
Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation provides a critical account of the key connections between twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and nineteenth-century German idealist G. W. F. Hegel. While Hegel has been recognized as one of the key targets of Deleuze s philosophical writing, Henry Somers-Hall shows how Deleuze s antipathy to Hegel has its roots in a problem the two thinkers both try to address: getting beyond a philosophy of judgment and the restrictions of Kant s transcendental idealism. By tracing the development of their attempts to address this problem, Somers-Hall offers an interpretation of the sweep of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy, providing a series of analyses of key moments in the history of thought, including the logics of Aristotle and Russell, Kant s own philosophy of judgment, and the philosophy of Bergson. He also develops a novel interpretation of Deleuze s philosophy of difference, and situates his philosophy in relation to the broader post-Kantian tradition. In addition to Deleuze s relation to Hegel, the book makes important contributions to the study of Deleuze s philosophy of mathematics, as well as to the study of several underappreciated areas of Hegel s own philosophy.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART ONE THE PROBLEM OF REPRESENTATION
9
PART TWO RESPONSES TO REPRESENTATION
67
PART THREE BEYOND REPRESENTATION
159
CONCLUSION
239
NOTES
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
285
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Henry Somers-Hall is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He is the cotranslator (with Alistair Welchman, Mergen Reglitz, and Nick Midgley) of Salomon Maimon s Essay on Transcendental Philosophy.

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