Journal article

Between Heidegger and Blanchot: Death, Transcendence and the Origin of Ideas in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition

Joe Hughes

Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


This essay is concerned with an enigmatic passage at the heart of Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition which locates the origin of ideas in an “aleatory point”. Deleuze develops this claim through a series of allusions, some to Henry Corbin’s 1938 translation of Heidegger, others to the work of Maurice Blanchot. This essay reconstructs the context of those allusion, showing that Deleuze developed his central concepts by reworking Heidegger’s reflections on transcendence and Blanchot’s elaboration of a post-Hegelian form of transcendence. Deleuze’s thought in the late 60s, then, should be read as an intervention in postwar attempts to articulate a Hegel-Heidegger synthesis by determinin..

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