What Is An Image of Thought?
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”.
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