The Thought of History in Benjamin and Deleuze

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:
The Thought of History in Benjamin and Deleuze

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This chapter reports the concept of history in Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze's ‘personal’ reading of Benjamin is completely problematic in that his reflections identify, and perhaps even go so far as to define the limits of what is conceptually possible in terms of the earlier study. Deleuze's interest in Benjamin must be seen in the context of the uniquely transcendental combination. Philosophical theses emerge as conceptual dramatisations of an Idea such that their very object is no longer amenable to simple logic, but rather to the metaphysics of those transcendental conditions of historical antecedence that adduce a thesis' virtual significance in the world at all. The elements of philosophical discourse that Benjamin and Deleuze try to suggest are what they refer to as those ‘baroque’ moments which behove a certain reconsideration of the sense of Darstellung in Immanuel Kant's transcendental project.

Keywords: Walter Benjamin; Gilles Deleuze; Idea; metaphysics; transcendental conditions; philosophical discourse; baroque; Immanuel Kant; Darstellung

Chapter.  8237 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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