Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He is a key figure in poststructuralism, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. In The Fold Deleuze proposes a new and radical way of understanding philosophy and art. Leibniz drew on the art of the baroque period in his invention of the concept of the fold Deleuze develops the concept further to present a new way of practising philosophy based upon the fold as the relationship of difference with itself. Translated by Tom Conley.
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Deleuze works from the function of the fold to develop Leibniz's theory of concepts. The Fold becomes the operation under which levels are differentiated, the level from which higher-level phenonmena supervene and are distributed into the folds of matter and the folds of the soul. His essay provides an innovative insight into Leibniz' take on the mind body problem and mental causation, proceeding from Leibniz' elementary principles on basic concepts to their realization as mental phenomena.
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