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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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A Question of Style in the Philosophy of Difference: “the Bartleby Formula” (Ca. 1989)

A Question of Style in the Philosophy of Difference: “the Bartleby Formula” (Ca. 1989)

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In Search of a New Image of Thought

Gregg Lambert

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the concept of “style” as an aspect belonging to the total process specifically produced by the writing machine, in keeping with the previous chapter’s arguments on the definition of a writer as one engaged in the process of “becoming.” Style becomes an important factor in philosophy as well, as it becomes necessary for philosophy to take in the literary machine, i.e. “the philosopher is also a writer.” In particular, this chapter explores the question of style factoring into philosophy as an “act of creativity” as explored by Deleuze and Derrida within the context of the “image of thought.” In a certain sense, one can say that Derrida believes with Deleuze that the nature of the unconscious (i.e. writing) is productive, although this production is not for that reason located in an “unconscious”as an agent of production and creativity.

Keywords:   Derrida, Deleuze, style, unconscious, philosophy, literary machine

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