File deleuze-guattari/deleuze-guattari.0810, message 23


Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 22:08:58 +0200
To: deleuze-guattari-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [D-G] Close reading : Bergson's conception of difference [1


The philosophy of Bergson,
 and inversely, Bergsonism promises to make an inestimable contribution to a
 philosophy of difference. Such a philosophy is always at work on two 
different
 planes: the one methodological, and the other ontological. On the one 
hand, we
 must determine the differences of nature between things: only in this 
way will
 we be able "to return" to the things themselves, to account for them 
without
 reducing them to something other than what they are, to grasp them in their
 being. On the other hand, if the being of things is somehow in their 
differences
 of nature, we can expect that difference itself is something, that it 
has a nature,
 that it will yield Being. These two problems, methodological and 
ontological,
 constantly echo one another: the problem of the differences of nature, 
the prob=AD
 lem of the nature of difference. In Bergson's work, we encounter these two
 problems in their connection, surprising them in their passage back and 
forth.

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