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John Duns Scotus

Nathan Widder

in Deleuze's Philosophical Lineage

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780748632992
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632992.003.0002
John Duns Scotus

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This chapter examines the influence of John Duns Scotus on Gilles Deleuze's concepts of univocity or univocal being. It compares Deleuze's and Duns Scotus's engagements with the ancient and medieval controversies surrounding the relations possible within primary diversity, and demonstrates that even where it is put in the service of Platonist-Christian thought, univocity nevertheless speaks to difference. The chapter discusses Deleuze's view on the fundamental limitation of the Scotist ontology and suggests that his discussion of Duns Scotus in the difference in itself section of his Difference and Repetition is central to the development of Deleuze's overall philosophy.

Keywords: John Duns Scotus; Gilles Deleuze; univocity; primary diversity; Scotist ontology; Difference and Repetition; philosophy

Chapter.  7160 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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