Introduction: The Problem of Immanence – Kant, Hegel and Spinozism

Christian Kerslake

in Immanence and the Vertigo of Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635900
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671823 | DOI:
Introduction: The Problem of Immanence – Kant, Hegel and Spinozism

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The word ‘immanence’ is one of the terminological constants in Gilles Deleuze's philosophical work. Deleuze's views on immanence emerge from problems internal to the Kantian philosophical tradition. This book tries to put in question the view that Deleuze's philosophy is a direct return to pre-critical metaphysics, whether in the forms of Spinozist or Scholastic metaphysics, or in the more contemporary form of Whiteheadian process-philosophy. It seems that Deleuze is claiming that philosophical grounding takes place in the existential, the logico-rationalist, and the critical kinds of questioning that is important for the acquisition of autonomous thought and for reason to be realised. Deleuze fluctuates over the course of his work about the status of Baruch Spinoza's philosophy of immanence and expression. Immanence for Deleuze must involve more than an unproblematic sealing of a circle between de facto experience and metacritique.

Keywords: immanence; Gilles Deleuze; philosophy; metaphysics; Baruch Spinoza; Kant; Hegel; Spinozism

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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