Deleuze's Hume: Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish by Jeffrey Bell

By Jeffrey Bell

This e-book deals the 1st prolonged comparability of the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and David Hume. Jeffrey Bell argues that Deleuze's early paintings on Hume was once instrumental to Deleuze's formula of the issues and ideas that might stay the point of interest of his whole corpus. analyzing Deleuze's paintings in mild of Hume's effect, in addition to a comparability of Deleuze's paintings with William James, Henri Bergson, and others, units the degree for a lively defence of his philosophy opposed to a couple of contemporary criticisms. It additionally extends the sector of Deleuze reports via exhibiting how Deleuze's concept can make clear and give a contribution to the paintings being performed in political thought, cultural experiences and heritage, rather the background of the Scottish Enlightenment. by way of enticing Deleuze's proposal with the paintings of Hume, this ebook clarifies and helps the paintings of Deleuze and exemplifies the ongoing relevance of Hume's notion to a couple of modern debates.

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For the time being, it is plain, unqualified actuality or existence, a simple that’ (ibid. 1151). As virtually object or subject, pure experience does not predetermine its actualization as subject or object; rather, there are always further actualizations, further novelties, for pure experience that exceed the actualizations that have already occurred. It is in this way, then, that pure experience allows James to account for ‘the conditions under which something new is produced,’ in that pure experience, as the reality of the virtual, does not contain within it the identity of that which comes to be actualized.

Notes 1. Reid argues that the ideas we acquire of various sensory qualities, such as ‘hardness and softness, roughness and smoothness . . had not the least resemblance to those sensations that correspond to them & by which we are made acquainted with them’ (Reid 1997, 259). The idea of softness, in short, does not resemble the impressions from which it is derived. In his letter to Blair, Hume suspects that Reid’s theory ultimately ‘leads us back to innate ideas,’ and it is in this same letter that Hume reaffirms his copy principle and the dependency of all our ideas upon correspondent impressions.

Qxp:Graham Q7 13/11/08 10:27 Page 31 Staging the Mind 9. 10. 11. 12. 31 impression, which presents itself to the hearing or any other of the senses. Nor is it a sixth impression, which the mind by reflection finds in itself. These five sounds making their appearance in this particular manner, excite no emotion in the mind, nor produce an affection of any kind, which being observ’d by it can give rise to a new idea. ’ Such a new original impression is an impression of reflection, and these impressions are the results of the principles in their constitutive role.

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