The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter - Plateaus - New Directions in Deleuze Studies (Paperback)Ryan J. Johnson (author)
Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 28/02/2018
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Explores how Deleuze's thought was shaped by Lucretian atomism a formative but often-ignored influence from ancient philosophyMore than any other 20th-century philosopher, Deleuze considers himself an apprentice to the history of philosophy. But scholarship has ignored one of the more formative influences on Deleuze: Lucretian atomism. Deleuze's encounter with Lucretius sparked a way of thinking that resonates throughout all his writings: from immanent ontology to affirmative ethics, from dynamic materialism to the generation of thought itself. Filling a significant gap in Deleuze Studies, Ryan J. Johnson tells the story of the Deleuze-Lucretius encounter that begins and ends with a powerful claim: Lucretian atomism produced Deleuzianism.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"Readers will be surprised and charmed at the parallels Ryan Johnson finds between Deleuze and Lucretius. The lines he draws from Ancient atomist ideas about relations, movements, and speeds, through to Deleuzian materialism are exciting and convincing. The book is packed with interesting ideas and twists and is exacting in its scholarship. On top of that, it is beautifully written." -- Jay Lampert, Duquesne University
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