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Staging the Mind: From Multiplicity to Belief

Jeffrey A. Bell

in Deleuze's Hume

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634392
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634392.003.0001
Staging the Mind: From Multiplicity to Belief

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This chapter examines the problematic Gilles Deleuze believes to be at work in David Hume's philosophy. It addresses William James' criticisms of Hume to clarify the nature of Deleuze's transcendental empiricism. It shows how Hume's understanding of the relationship between impressions and ideas leads to the problems that are so central to Hume's project, and that emerge in Deleuze's work as the project of transcendental empiricism. The problem with the idea of the missing shade of blue is that it is an improper idea, an idea fabricated with no relationship to an independent impression that would give it validity. Furthermore, Deleuze's project is briefly compared with the radical empiricism of James. For Deleuze, Hume's understanding of belief is pivotal to his approach to the problems Deleuze associates with transcendental empiricism. Deleuze argues that the key to the process of acquiring a tendency or nature is the fictioning of identity.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; David Hume; philosophy; William James; transcendental empiricism; radical empiricism; belief

Chapter.  12464 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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