By Sean Bowden

An incisive research of Deleuze's philosophy of events.

Sean Bowden exhibits how the Deleuzian occasion can be understood by way of the wider metaphysical thesis that components are ontologically secondary with admire to occasions. He achieves this via a reconstruction of Deleuze's relation to the historical past of concept from the Stoics via to Simondon, taking account of Leibniz, Lautman, structuralism and psychoanalysis alongside the way.

This interesting new studying of Deleuze focuses firmly on his method of occasions. Bowden additionally examines and clarifies a few Deleuze's such a lot tough philosophical techniques, together with feel, complicated rules and extensive individuation, and engages with fabric by way of Lautman and Simondon that has now not but been translated into English.


This is a wide-ranging and penetrating examine of 1 of Deleuze's most crucial works. a very good e-book. -- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue college This booklet will effortlessly take its position as the most very important volumes in all of Deleuze experiences. -- Nick Nesbitt, Princeton collage this can be a wide-ranging and penetrating learn of 1 of Deleuze's most crucial works. a very good publication. This ebook will conveniently take its position as some of the most very important volumes in all of Deleuze Studies.

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Sean Bowden is affiliate lecturer in philosophy on the collage of Melbourne.

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61 Stoic logic is thus essentially an attempt to acquire knowledge a bout when a predicate can, in truth, be attached to its subj ect, or about how saya­ bles or events can be logically combined in order to generate true propositions. In its systematic relation to physics, then, Stoic logic examines how one is to think the body which ' bears' the nomina­ tive case, as well the other bodies to which this first body is causally related, by combining the events attributable to them in logically appropriate ways.

S. Reiss (Cambridge: Cambridge 47 THE PRIORITY OF EVENTS 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. University Press, 1 99 1 ), pp. 2 3 7-49 . This text is generally translated in French as Qu 'est-ce que s'orienter dans la pensee? See, for example, Philonenko's translation, published by Vrin. , things), Plato, Phaedo, in Plato: The Collected Dialogues, ed. E. Hamilton and H. Cairns (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1 96 1 ), 74a-75d. See on this Plato, Republic, in Plato: The Collected Dialogues, V475e4 8 0b, and particularly 4 80b: 'the philosophers are those who are capable of apprehending that which is eternal and unchanging, while those who are incapable of this, but lose themselves and wander amid the multiplicities of multifarious things, are not philosophers' .

Furthermore, in order to be able to affirm as true a conclusion, Z, from the true premises, A and B, 28 The Stoics another proposition - call it C must be given within the dimension of conceptual implication which states that 'Z is true if A and B are true' . 4o As Deleuze interprets it, this 'amounts to saying that . . 41 Having asked, therefore, in what dimension the sense of the prop­ osition could reside, we have been led in a circle from denotation to manifestation, then to signification and finally back to denotation.

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