3 Jan 2013

Pt2.Ch5.Sb1 Somers-Hall’s Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation. ‘Introduction’ 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 5: Infinite Thought

Subdivision 1: Introduction

Brief Summary:

In this chapter we examine and evaluate Hegel’s dialectic and how it responds to problems of representation.


In the previous chapter we examined Deleuze’s developments and applications of Bergson’s multiplicity, which can serve to characterize Deleuze’s notions of the Idea, the problem, and the concept.

Now we turn toward Hegel’s Science of Logic.

Rather than moving to a quasitranscendental theory to attempt to supplement what is missing from classical logic, Hegel's strategy is instead to try to set the categories of thought themselves in motion through recognizing that as well as the finite aspect of thought of the understanding, thought also has an infinite aspect that can only be understood as movement. (125)

First we compare Hegel’s dialectic with Kant’s transcendental logic. Second, we see how the dialectic functions in the doctrine of essence, and later on this basis we provide a Hegelian critique of Deleuze. We then see how the Hegel material allows us to resolve certain problems in Kant and Aristotle.


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

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