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By Sean Bowden

An incisive research of Deleuze's philosophy of events.

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

This fascinating new interpreting of Deleuze focuses firmly on his method of occasions. Bowden additionally examines and clarifies a few Deleuze's such a lot tricky philosophical thoughts, together with feel, troublesome rules and extensive individuation, and engages with fabric by means of Lautman and Simondon that has no longer but been translated into English.

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This is a wide-ranging and penetrating research of 1 of Deleuze's most crucial works. a good e-book. -- Daniel W. Smith, Purdue collage This publication will conveniently take its position as probably the most vital volumes in all of Deleuze reports. -- Nick Nesbitt, Princeton college it is a wide-ranging and penetrating research of 1 of Deleuze's most vital works. an outstanding e-book. This e-book will easily take its position as probably the most vital volumes in all of Deleuze Studies.

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

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First of all, denotation is the relation of the proposition to an external state of affairs . It functions through the 'association' of the words used in the proposition with particular 'images' which are supposed to 'represent' the state of affairs. With respect to deno­ tation, a proposition will be said to be 'true' if it corresponds to the state of affairs, if it is effectively 'filled' by the state of affairs, or if the correct image has been selected. 'False' signifies that the denotation does not correspond to the state of affairs ( LS, 12-13).

In other words, and in line with our above analyses, the immense conj unctive proposition ( arrived at by 'inference and combination' ) which purports to represent the cosmic present insofar as it purports to consist of the totality of all true propositions, could only be such a totality in relation to an 'expres­ sion' of a higher degree which is not itself one of the totality. As Deleuze writes 41 THE PRIORITY OF EVENTS We have encountered this difference of nature between the expression and the representation at every turn, each time we noted the specificity of sense or of the event, its irreducibility to the denotatum and to the signified .

But at the same time, the sage also wills the embodiment and the actualization of the pure incorporeal event in a state of affairs and in his or her own body and flesh' (LS, 1 46 ) . Following Goldschmidt's analysis, it is thanks to the 'portion' which Zeus bequeaths us, the 'commanding-faculty' of the soul, that we corporealize the incorporeal event. , the commanding-faculty] which is manifested in it' ( LS, 1 47) . 1 02 On the one hand, then, it is a question of the events which the body of the moral agent brings about as their perfect cause.

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