JBSP Online: Joe Hughes on Heidegger and Blanchot in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition

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Joe Hughes’s essay for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, published online in advance of the print edition.

Joe Hughes – ‘Between Heidegger and Blanchot: Death, Transcendence and the Origin of Ideas in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition’: JBSP (Originally published online: 26 April 2020).

Abstract: This essay is concerned with an enigmatic passage at the heart of Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition which locates the origin of ideas in an “aleatory point”. Deleuze develops this claim through a series of allusions, some to Henry Corbin’s 1938 translation of Heidegger, others to the work of Maurice Blanchot. This essay reconstructs the context of those allusion, showing that Deleuze developed his central concepts by reworking Heidegger’s reflections on transcendence and Blanchot’s elaboration of a post-Hegelian form of transcendence. Deleuze’s thought in the late 60s, then, should be read as an intervention in postwar attempts to articulate a Hegel-Heidegger synthesis by determining the nature and structure of transcendence. Ultimately, the essay concludes, the origin of ideas in Difference and Repetition must be understood as a particular form of negation: the non-being or the ?-being by which thought transcends the given.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2020.1756100

Joe Hughes, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC

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