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Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza
Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza
by Gilles Deleuze
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book., 28 April 2014
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The first part is the least interesting, yet vital, the syllogisms described by the geometric method, are the basis for the more interesting second and third parts. Spinoza suggests that what is virtual in mathematics, is real in relation to things. The second part is a description of key issues in scientific methodology, and refers to earlier developments in Aristotle and neoplatonism. Spinoza's 'machine' resembles the design specification for a database management system, the predicate logic comprising flows, parallelisms, pathways and circulations. Spinoza's thought points to the possible conditions of science in the scholasticism of the middle ages. His scepticism towards signs, rejects romantic philology, as did Max Muller, presaging the emergence of linguistics in the mid-C19th. Similarly, conceptions of the finite and infinite, lead to transfinite numbers and set theory, central to the emergence of computer technology, in the C20th. The view of organic and continuous flows, is echoed in contemporary philosophy. In the third part, Spinoza describes the formation of adequate ideas, as an alternative to confused passions. Form, feeling, perception, concept, action; the transmutation of passive into active, is the sensory-motor schema described by Deleuze in 'Cinema'. The book concludes suggesting that the triangulation of mind, body and world, within Leibniz and Spinoza overcomes the Cartesian duality, to produce a science and awareness beyond reductionism. Whereas Leibniz retains traces of an ideological cosmology, Spinoza emphasizes choice; internal specificity replaces external generality, an orientation vital to biological and human sciences in the modern era. A lovely book, well worth reading.


Cinema 2: the Time-Image (Sources and Studies in Kabbalah)
Cinema 2: the Time-Image (Sources and Studies in Kabbalah)
by Gilles Deleuze
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consciousness is time, 15 April 2014
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Cinema 2 suggests the collapse of ideology after WW2, whereby the sensory motor schema of the movement image (perception, affect, impulse, action) as automatic, ideological and recursive, is replaced by the time image and it's modalities. The time-image is the direct representation of consciousness as time.

The second half of the book, is an essay on the new wave, and recommends the films of Resnais, Robbe-Grillet, Godard and Bresson. Both Cinema 1 and Cinema 2, are excellent books.


Cinema I: The Movement Image (Continuum Impacts)
Cinema I: The Movement Image (Continuum Impacts)
by Gilles Deleuze
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Begin with chapter three, and read the first two chapters afterwards, 15 April 2014
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Deleuze considers the movement-image in cinema, montage as a representational process of cutting, represents time indirectly; this is similar to the reformulation of perception in daily experience, hence ideology and it's representation in cinema. The heuristic series: perception, affect, impulse, action, is from classical philosophy, and has the same source as the method suggested in Foucault's archaeology of knowledge. Cinema 1 is a better and more accessible book than Cinema 2, though both are excellent.


Foucault (Continuum Impacts)
Foucault (Continuum Impacts)
by Gilles Deleuze
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite repetitive., 7 Feb. 2014
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Quite repetitive. Describes Foucault's Archaeology of Knowledge. The Power/Knowledge relation is desire and the differentiation of the differentiator, the precursor referred to in Difference and Repetition.


Kafka Toward a Minor Literature (Theory & History of Literature)
Kafka Toward a Minor Literature (Theory & History of Literature)
by Gilles Deleuze
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5.0 out of 5 stars The machine of Leibniz and it's transcendence in Spinoza., 7 Feb. 2014
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The machine of Leibniz and it's transcendence in Spinoza suggests the machine of Kafka. Refreshing and positive, in the way that Kafka viewed his existence.


Bergsonism
Bergsonism
by G Deleuze
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deleuze suggests Bergson., 7 Feb. 2014
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Deleuze suggests Bergson. When bio-chemistry merges with physics during the mid-21st century. Also, a description of the mind that doesn't exist, except when people create it.


Difference and Repetition (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts)
Difference and Repetition (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts)
by Gilles Deleuze
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading with preparation., 7 Feb. 2014
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Prepare with an Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, the 1781 edition, or a synopsis.


Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
by Gilles Deleuze
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entity relations., 7 Feb. 2014
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Entity relations based on predicate logic, the method for human/computer database design and engineering. Interesting for the Spinozan dictionary and contextual information.


The Fold (Continuum Impacts)
The Fold (Continuum Impacts)
by Gilles Deleuze
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5.0 out of 5 stars French post-structuralist Bacon., 7 Feb. 2014
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French post-structuralist Bacon. Deterritorializations/Reterritorializations, the experience of the C20th century, rendered into a pictoral form which merits philosophical investigation and enquiry.


The Logic of Sense (Continuum Impacts): 10
The Logic of Sense (Continuum Impacts): 10
by Gilles Deleuze
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's great., 7 Feb. 2014
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It's great. Deleuze considers the Stoics. In contrast, the reading of 20th century psychology toward the end of the book suggests an amusing and defunct historical artefact.


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