1 Jan 2013

Pt2.Ch3.Sb5 Somers-Hall’s Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation. ‘Conclusion.’ summary

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Henry Somers-Hall


Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation.

Dialectics of Negation and Difference


Part 2: Responses to Representation

Chapter 3: Bergsonism

Subdivision 5: Conclusion

Brief Summary:

Bergson critiques the representational-based model of homogeneous space by using his method of intuition to articulate duration and the world in terms of a continuously integrated heterogeneous multiplicity. Deleuze will build from this concept to explain without representationalist ideas how the world is determinately structured.


Previously we examined Bergson’s two multiplicities, extension and duration, which are two ideal limits toward which matter/duration can tend in its expansions and contractions. Continuous heterogeneous multiplicities are not disordered but are rather ordered in different ways than the discrete homogeneous multiplicities that we might normally consider to be ordered.

Now Somers-Hall concludes the chapter with review and preparation. We saw how Bergson’s duration goes beyond a spatialized time. This was a part of a critique of representation [because discrete homogeneous multiplicities are representational in that they are made of self-same parts whose identities can be represented. In continuous heterogeneous multiplicities the part’s do not have representable identities because at the basis there are only differential relations and no atomic terms being related.] Deleuze will develop Bergson’s metaphysics in his own transcendental empiricism. Also, Deleuze will give an account of the determinate structure of the world without resorting to the categories of representation. (89)


Somers-Hall, Henry (2012) Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation. Dialectics of Negation and Difference. Albany: SUNY.

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