Quote that:

The new status of real distinction is fundamental: as purely qualitative, quidditative or formal, real distinction excludes any division.

-Gilles Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza p. 38

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2 thoughts on “Quote that:

  1. What do you reckon this quote from Deleuze means? This is pretty key, and I’ve been thinking about difference/sameness/etc. for a couple of decades now (mostly through G. Spencer-Brown’s THE LAWS OF FORM: “A universe comes into being when a space is split or severed…” and his calculus of distinctions). Also been reading Deleuze since early 1990s and slowly coming to “grasp” that slippery philosophy and so would appreciate any insight.

    Thanks for posting. Great photo!

    • Of course! (And thanks)

      You’re well ahead of me on Deleuze! I just got into him by way of Dosse’s biography of Deleuze and Guattari: (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/705582888).

      It’s a fun quote to pull out of context, but from what I gather, those elements that allow one to make a distinction between things (in this case, the focus is a repetition) are indivisable. It does echo Brown a little there…

      I wonder if it is easier to look at the flip-side of the statement: if you’ve got somehing that can be divided into subsequent parts (or reducing its’ form, by a qualitative distinction), then you haven’t gotten to the heart of a thing?

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