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G. W. F. Leibniz

Daniel W. Smith

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/9780748632992.003.0003
G. W. F. Leibniz

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This chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's engagement with the philosophical thoughts of Gottfried Leibniz. It suggests that though having published a book-length study of Leibniz entitled The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque in 1988, Deleuze's important engagement with Leibniz had already occurred in Difference and Repetition in 1968 and in Logic of Sense in 1969. The chapter shows how Deleuze used Leibniz to deduce the necessity of a principle of difference by making his way through the four fundamental principles of Leibniz's philosophy: identity, sufficient reason, indiscernibility, and the law of continuity.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Gottfried Leibniz; Leibniz and Baroque; Difference and Repetition; Logic of Sense; identity; sufficient reason; indiscernibility; law of continuity

Chapter.  9670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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