The Metaphysical Origins of Kantianism

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:
The Metaphysical Origins of Kantianism

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This chapter reviews the origins of Immanuel Kant's ontology in rationalism. Gilles Deleuze's own synthesis of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Kant revolves around the redevelopment of the suppressed ontotheological dimension in Kant. Leibniz proposed the notion of pre-established harmony by a cluster of motives. The distinction between logic and reality collapses as reality follows with complete internal necessity from the very thought of God. Kant wants God to serve as a ground for ‘reality’, but at the same time wants to limit God's power in reality. It then evaluates how the space may be thought in itself according to the notion of repetition. A brief account of Solomon Maïmon's theory can help in the understanding of Deleuze's account of the nature and relation of Ideas and intensities. It was shown that vectorial relations were intensive incarnations of ‘Ideas’.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; Gilles Deleuze; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; God; reality; repetition; Solomon Maïmon; Ideas

Chapter.  28919 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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