Hegel and Deleuze
Together Again for the First Time
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Introduction, Karen Houle and Jim Vernon
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A century and a half separates Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Gilles Deleuze. It would be hard to overstate the impact of these two major European intellectuals, individually, on what has come to be called “Continental philosophy.” What has proved equally hard, however, is to determine the impact the thought of each thinker has on that of the other...
Part 1. Disjunction/Contradiction
1. At the Crossroads of Philosophy and Religion: Deleuze’s Critique of Hegel
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For Hegel and Deleuze both religion and philosophy are undeniable facts of human existence. Thus neither Hegel nor Deleuze can avoid an account of how religion and philosophy relate to one another. For Hegel religion and philosophy are related to one another as content and form. For Deleuze religion and philosophy are two different types of creation, which are often confused with each other but ultimately are ...
2. Negation, Disjunction, and a New Theory of Forces: Deleuze’s Critique of Hegel
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I would like in this chapter to examine the relationship Deleuze establishes with Hegel with a view to avoiding the false alternative often bandied between Deleuze’s critics and defenders: that either Deleuze is a naive and ill- informed reader whose polemic against his rival misunderstands how dialectical his own thinking is, or that Hegel is unimportant...
3. Hegel and Deleuze: Difference or Contradiction?
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In the foreword to Difference and Repetition,1 Deleuze locates his philosophical program in what he thinks is a broad current of “anti-Hegelianism,” and indicates that difference and repetition must take the place of identity, negativity, and contradiction. This programmatic statement deliberately foregrounds his theoretical quarrel with Hegelian- type dialectics,...
4. The Logic of the Rhizome in the Work of Hegel and Deleuze
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The aim of this chapter is to provide an account of Deleuze and Guattari’s model of the rhizome, and to look at a possible Hegelian line of response to it. After outlining why Deleuze and Guattari feel the need to move away from an arborescent model of thought, such as underlies the structure of judgment, I look at Hegel’s description of plant life in the ...
5. Actualization: Enrichment and Loss
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One aspect of the difference between Deleuze and Hegel which has not received suffi cient attention is their opposing views on “actualization,” the becoming actual of a potential or of what Deleuze calls “the virtual.” For Hegel, actualization is the outward manifestation and expression of a truth or reality that had only been implicit. This process of manifestation is at the same time an articulation of what had been inchoate, a determination...
6. Political Bodies Without Organs: On Hegel’s Ideal State and Deleuzian Micropolitics
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Deleuze’s antipathy to Hegelian dialectics is well known.1 According to Deleuze, Hegel is Nietzsche’s archenemy and Nietzsche’s pluralist theory of forces is resolutely antidialectical: “The concept of the Overman is directed against the dialectical conception of man, and transvaluation is directed against the dialectic of appropriation or the suppression of alienation. Anti-Hegelianism runs through Nietzsche’s work as its...
7. Deleuze and Hegel on the Logic of Relations
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As is well known, one essential weapon Deleuze employs to oppose Hegel is the thesis of the externality of relations.1 Hegel, after all, is the archetypal thinker of organic relations between systematically structured terms, and thus to escape him one must demonstrate that such putatively necessary relations are in fact only contingently applied, and thus can ...
Part 2. Connection/Synthesis
8. Deleuze and Hegel on the Limits of Self-Determined Subjectivity
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At the heart of Deleuze’s critique of Hegel is a contestation as to how to conceive the disenchanted world that the Enlightenment bequeathed us. The scientifi c rigor of modern philosophy reconfigured the self-world relation in a manner that for the most part made the knowing subject the arbiter of everything earthly. In the idealized narrative of modernity...
9. Desiring-Production and Spirit: On Anti-Oedipus and German Idealism
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In many respects, Anti- Oedipus, the collaborative work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, is a typical book of German idealist philosophy. Like Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, Deleuze and Guattari model their work in Anti-Oedipus on the form of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and then use the form of Kant’s own project to develop a critique of Kant. I will ...
10. Hegel and Deleuze: The Storm
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According to Deleuze, Hegelian contradiction is nothing but a false appearance which does not even resemble difference. According to this interpretation, the dialectic is completely governed by the privileged position it bestows on identity: there is contradiction only in light of this principle. Difference is judged from the start with reference to the calm reign of identity, and is thereby barred from ever truly sojourning in...
11. Limit, Ground, Judgment . . . Syllogism: Hegel, Deleuze, Hegel, and Deleuze
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Deleuze’s longest discussion of Hegel, the fi fteen- page passage in Difference and Repetition, chapter 1, 61–76/42–54,1 is (until the end of it) his most positive. What interests me is not his criticisms of Hegel, but the way Deleuze forces Hegel’s dialectic into more becoming, and Hegel forces Deleuze’s differences into more history. Deleuze discusses three themes in Hegel’s logic: limit and the infinite; contradiction and ground; ...
12. Hegel and Deleuze on Life, Sense, and Limit
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In this chapter I draw Hegel and Deleuze into slightly closer proximity than either Deleuze or most scholarship on Deleuze (or Hegel) might admit. I take up Alexandre Kojève’s1 and Andrzej Warminski’s2 semiotic readings of Hegel and then contrast these with Deleuze. This contrast is warranted since, against semiotics, Deleuze locates the sign and sense outside of consciousness, and in the fold of Life. Deleuze reverses the...
Part 3. Conjunctive Synthesis
13. A Criminal Intrigue: An Interview with Jean-Clet Martin
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In the “Postface to the Anglo-American Edition” of his Variations, Jean- Clet Martin surprised his readers with the announcement of a new book on Hegel. “I begin to feel,” he wrote, “the need for a book on the Phenomenology of the Spirit, where the enemy will fi nd a better place in the network of friendships, introduced by Deleuze in What Is Philosophy?, than he has found in the smiles of the most ardent disciples. In this book,...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Topics in Historical Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: John McCumber