Deleuze and the Vertigo of Immanence

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:
Deleuze and the Vertigo of Immanence

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This chapter addresses whether Gilles Deleuze's own ideas about immanence are themselves consistent. It is Henri Bergson's differentiation of two fundamental kinds of intuition — the spatial and the durational — that adds the decisive twist in the history of Kantianism. His theory of space is essentially a de-transcendentalised version of Immanuel Kant's theory. Deleuze suggests that David Hume leads to an account of temporal synthesis already very close to Kant's. It is suggested that the apocalypse in its transcendental sense is rather linked to a re-grounding of the subject in a properly ontological and creative ‘life’. There are three distinct vertigos held in the notion of immanence. It remains for Deleuzians to make concrete the politics implied by the notion of immanence and to reinforce the bonds that link the philosophy of immanence to utopian communist and revolutionary tendencies in the sphere of politics.

Keywords: immanence; Gilles Deleuze; Henri Bergson; intuition; Kantianism; Immanuel Kant; David Hume; philosophy; politics; temporal synthesis

Chapter.  32955 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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