Deleuze and the History of Mathematics: In Defense of the 'New' (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy)
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Gilles Deleuze's engagements with mathematics, replete in his work, rely upon the construction of alternative lineages in the history of mathematics, which challenge some of the self imposed limits that regulate the canonical concepts of the discipline. For Deleuze, these challenges are an opportunity to reconfigure particular philosophical problems - for example, the problem of individuation - and to develop new concepts in response to them. The highly original research presented in this book explores the mathematical construction of Deleuze's philosophy, as well as addressing the undervalued and often neglected question of the mathematical thinkers who influenced his work.
In the wake of Alain Badiou's recent and seemingly devastating attack on the way the relation between mathematics and philosophy is configured in Deleuze's work, Simon Duffy offers a robust defence of the structure of Deleuze's philosophy and, in particular, the adequacy of the mathematical problems used in its construction. By reconciling Badiou and Deleuze's seeming incompatible engagements with mathematics, Duffy succeeds in presenting a solid foundation for Deleuze's philosophy, rebuffing the recent challenges against it.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic (July 4, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1441129502
- ISBN-13 : 978-1441129505
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.56 x 9.21 inches
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From the book about Nietzsche to the one about Leibniz, Deleuze dealt with the post-kantian and pre-kantian mathematic interpretations of his work, and that was a serious effort. Of course only a few people can follow him in this approach, and Simon Duffy is the first to take the task seriously. I hope he keeps working on these topics and, maybe, write a more introductory book to the ones that want to study this, but don't know where to start. Deleuze favored the historical approach to the calculus, as you can read in Difference and Repetition, and maybe Simon Duffy could amplify that passage to a whole book. I think Deleuze's heritage deserves a work like this. If not by Simon, then by someone who wants to investigate this fascinating side of Deleuze's work.
I'm not in the position of trying this, but I understand perfectly that from (Spinoza and) Leibniz to Salomon Maimon, the calculos was very important in Deleuze's philosophy, and this is truly beautiful. And I'm not mentioning some other aspects of the math approach, because I think this is the most important.
Bravo, Duffy! This is a hard read but worth it. I am still slogging through it, confused at times but happy overall.