Accessibility Information. Because the parts and whole in the animal organism reciprocally determine each other, species must necessarily differ from one another in kind (i.e., in accordance with a specific purposive unity of parts and whole) rather than in degree (i.e., in accordance with relative differentiations of shared forms and functions across species). As is clear from this range of texts, the challenges involved in grasping, appraising, appropriating, and developing the systems of Deleuze and Hegel are varied and immense. The Philosophy of Nature has long been understood to be the most vulnerable part of Hegel's system and, arguably, the one least relevant to understanding the validity of his answer to the Kantian problematic. In particular, representational logic forecloses the possibility of determining the generation of specific differences out of its presupposed logical unity (as demonstrated, e.g., by the problem of the highest genus), and fails to capture the full range of empirically manifested differences within its clearly demarcated concepts (as demonstrated, e.g., by the problem of transitional differences, such as that between Socrates the boy and Socrates the man). Rather, he argues that the "ultimate test" for any such logic is "the extent to which [it] captures the nature of the world, not simply by ranging over all phenomena, but also by capturing their singularity" (210). The collection represents the best in contemporary international scholarship on G. W. F. Hegel and Gilles Deleuze, and the contributing authors inhabit the as-yet uncharted space between the two thinkers, collectively addressing most of the major tensions and … As such, Somers-Hall argues, Hegel aligns his project with Georges Cuvier's teleological account of anatomy. Keywords: Deleuze, Hegel, dialectics, difference Revisiting the Hegelian Dialectics and the Specter of Totalitarianism hilosophy is not merely a search for the ultimate truths of reality and a reflection of our lived experiences. She is the author of numerous articles on Deleuze, as well as on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and other philosophers. Rather than simply opposing or denying the representative field of discrete, 'actual' multiplicities, Deleuze supplements it with a transcendental, but subject-less 'virtual' field of continuous multiplicity. major notions of Hegel’s Logic where vanishing has a central role (being, finitude, infinite, and ground) and correlate Hegel’s insights with Deleuze’s account of … Henry Somers-Hall, Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference, State University of New York Press, 2012, 289pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438440095. Readers unfamiliar with Hegel's system will likely have some difficulty navigating the relevant discussions. Although the German Hegel and the French Deleuze The importance of Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference. The thesis critically analyses the dominant foundationalist tendency of modern philosophy, with special reference to the sophisticated antifoundationalist critiques of foundationalism formulated by G.W.F. It does, however, mean that the book does not lend itself easily to summary review. Hegel and Gilles Deleuze. Hegel and Deleuze cannily examines the various resonances and dissonances between these two major philosophers. Neither Cuvier nor Hegel, of course, deny the existence of deviations from the rigidly self-determining structure of species; but, given their purposive accounts, these are of necessity treated as monstrous aberrations from fixed forms, rather than as transversal developments of species. Despite what its title might suggest, Death and Desire is a meditation on life. "Kant's main preoccupation is therefore with the validity of propositions given in advance of our enquiry" (25), for it merely seeks the conditions for subjective knowledge of an object, which are presumed to be identical with the conditions of objects themselves. As such, Hegel's ontology of self-determining integration "implies a model of the organism as incapable of evolving" (243), and thus is essentially refuted by modern biology. In a curious reversal of one common picture of their systems, Deleuze grounds the identical in the transcendence of the non-identical, while Hegel reconciles them in the immanently self-determining identity of identity and difference. Neither simply disdainful of Hegel, nor wholly convinced by Deleuze, in this rich, wide-ranging volume, Henry Somers-Hall offers what is assuredly the most comprehensive and important treatment of their varied and complex relations to date. While Deleuze receives the more substantial treatment, and eventually gains the upper hand over Hegel, Somers-Hall offers a balanced, erudite and immensely valuable analysis of both the merits, and potential limitations, of their respective philosophies of difference. Historically grounding Deleuze's account in philosophical developments made by Sartre (Chapter 1) and Bergson (Chapter 3), in Chapter 4 he uses non-Euclidean geometry, its application to dynamic systems theory and even an analogy to Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics to show how the virtual, despite operating according to a different logic, and therefore differing from them in kind, can both account for the appearance of representational actualities, as well as for the inherent limits of representational logic. If Hegel is unable to admit natural evolution between biological species, he certainly articulates with rigor and subtlety the historical and ongoing developmental drift between seemingly distinct and rigid forms of state, culture, art, religion and philosophy.