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Introduction

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/9780748634392.003.0007
Introduction

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Since it draws significantly on David Hume's work, Gilles Deleuze's project might be open to similar criticisms, which would be particularly troubling given the importance of Henri Bergson's thought for Deleuze. Hume does not presuppose the simple, discontinuous identities of impressions and ideas as the already individuated givens with which the principles of association work. Deleuze's Hume will be seen to be in line with the projects of William James and Bergson, for Deleuze likewise proposes a multiplicity — namely, a transcendental field of pre-individual singularities — that comes to be drawn (fictioned) into a plane of consistency. The chapters in this book detail the implications of thinking in Deleuze and Hume, implications that will provide connections between Hume and Deleuze and a number of issues to be found in James, Bergson, and political philosophy. Lastly, an overview of these chapters is presented.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; David Hume; Henri Bergson; William James; political philosophy

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Subjects: Philosophy

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