Fragments, plinths and shattered bricks: Deleuze and atomism

la Deleuziana 1 (15):39-45 (2023)
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There are two links that stand in the foreground of Deleuze’s treatment of Epicurus and Lucretius: the themes of immanent naturalism and of the externality of ontological relations. However, the links are problematised in Difference and Repetition, which presents an important critique of the concept of the atom. I will argue that this critique reveals the limits of the intellectual affinity between ancient atomism and Deleuzian metaphysics; in particular, that Deleuze’s notions of relationality and spatium respond to problems raised by the relations between atoms and by the not-being of the atomists’ vacuum. In this sense, Deleuze’s treatment of atomism is significant because it makes clear Deleuze’s aim in shifting the mereological vocabulary from points to lines; it shows what, in Deleuze’s sense, it means to unfound and sets down the conditions for a successful Deleuzian critique of essentialist varieties of the metaphysics of structure.



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Yannis Chatzantonis
Dundee University (PhD)

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A thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia.Gilles Deleuze - 1987 - London: Athlone Press. Edited by Félix Guattari.
Difference and repetition.Gilles Deleuze - 1994 - London: Athlone Press.
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Pure immanence: essays on a life.Gilles Deleuze - 2001 - Cambridge, Mass.: the MIT Press. Edited by Anne Boyman.

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