Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography

Edited by Jeffrey A. Bell and Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636082
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671748 | DOI:
Of the Rise and Progress of Philosophical Concepts: Deleuze's Humean Historiography

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This chapter describes Gilles Deleuze's early work on David Hume. Deleuze and Félix Guattari's call for a theme of problematising history is also elaborated. It discusses the problems of the Scottish Enlightenment that are inseparable from the current situation, problems that may allow for the creative transformation of the unquestioned actualities of daily life. Hume's discussion of identity occurs at a crucial point in the Treatise. Hume attempted to carry his thought beyond everyday actualities. It then explores how a Deleuzian historical ontology could be employed to understand intellectual and cultural change. Deleuzian problematising history begins with concepts as solutions in order to move towards the virtual fields and problems that are inseparable from the functional concepts and representations; and it is this virtual field that makes new work possible — that is, the mapping and representational work of functional concepts.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; David Hume; Félix Guattari; Deleuzian problematising history; Scottish Enlightenment; Treatise; Deleuzian historical ontology

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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