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In Search of a New Image of ThoughtGilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism$
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Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678020

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.001.0001

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What Is An Image of Thought?

(p.1) Introduction
In Search of a New Image of Thought

Gregg Lambert

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction defines the “image of thought” as a presupposition in philosophy—the initial image occurring before thought takes form. The image poses a fundamental problem in philosophy, as before the very act of thinking itself there precedes some idea of how that thought will generate itself. This circularity is a fundamental issue that has yet to be addressed in modern philosophy. Deleuze identifies this circularity as “Repetition In-Itself,” referring to the repetition of predetermined images—which are thoughts in and of themselves. Repetitions make it difficult to see the beginning of thought—the very foundations of philosophy—and because of this Deleuze has to conclude that “there is no true beginning in philosophy, or rather that the true philosophical beginning, Difference, is in-itself already Repetition”.

Keywords:   Repetition In-Itself, Deleuze, image of thought, presupposition in philosophy, predetermined images, thought

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