This chapter addresses the question of how Gilles Deleuze adopts the standpoint of immanence. Deleuze agrees with Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's own praise of Baruch Spinoza, and the privileged position which he occupies in the history of philosophy. He also precisely considers Spinoza as a way out of Hegel and the false movement of dialectic. His concern with immanence is closely wrapped up with his reading of Spinoza. The connection between immanence and emanation is demonstrated. Thought and Extension both express the essence of substance, but determine that essence into different forms. Immanence represents the unity of complication and explication, of inherence and implication. It is noted that Deleuze's two doctoral theses, namely Difference and Repetition and Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, complement one another. In Difference and Repetition, expression becomes differenciation.
Keywords: immanence; Gilles Deleuze; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Baruch Spinoza; complication; explication; Thought; Extension; Difference and Repetition; Expressionism in Philosophy
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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy
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