Transcendental Aesthetics: Deleuze's Philosophy of Space

Gregory Flaxman

in Deleuze and Space

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618743
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671762 | DOI:
Transcendental Aesthetics: Deleuze's Philosophy of Space

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This chapter takes up Deleuze's central confrontation with the regime of Representation, and in particular, with the philosophy of Kant, asking: Can we imagine a correlative revolution of space? In response to this question, it underlines the importance of the observation first made by Deleuze in the preface to his Kant's Critical Philosophy that, as a result of this discovery, space would have to find new determinations as well, even though this task would mostly be left to future philosophers to create. Nonetheless, the radical task underlined by Deleuze's initial declaration ‘would be that any philosophy of space must begin by transforming the very presuppositions according to which space itself has been traditionally determined’. It is shown that Deleuze's own response to this provocation concerns his turn to the other arts, traditionally relegated to the field of aesthetics, in order to develop an interrogation of space which would not result from a priori conditions but, instead, from an intensive ‘spatium’ in which perception and thought are immanent, and in which depth is no less an intensive quantity than extensity. In this manner, Deleuze resolves to bring together the two senses of the aesthetic – the transcendental and the empirical – in order that ‘the conditions of experience in general must become conditions of real experience’.

Keywords: representation; Kant; Critical Philosophy; space; aesthetic

Chapter.  5846 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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