Solomon Maimon

Graham Jones

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:
Solomon Maimon

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This chapter focuses on Gilles Deleuze's engagement with the philosophical thoughts of Polish Russian rabbi Solomon Maimon, discussing Maimon's commentary on Immanuel Kant entitled Essay on Transcendental Philosophy. It highlights Maimon's reliance on concepts and Deleuze's claim that the fundamental elements of a philosophy of difference cannot be grounded in any form of identity. The chapter explains that Deleuze is prepared to accept a distinction between finite consciousness and something a priori and transcendental, but on the proviso that we do not conceive of the latter in terms of unity, understanding, or a cogito.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Solomon Maimon; Immanuel Kant; Transcendental Philosophy; philosophy of difference; identity; finite consciousness

Chapter.  10553 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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