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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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Conclusion “We Will Speak of the Brain …”

Conclusion “We Will Speak of the Brain …”

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In Search of a New Image of Thought
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Gregg Lambert

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.003.0008

The conclusion focuses on the leap between philosophy and cognitive psychology, Gestalt theory in particular, as one language of possibility space they employ to explore the plan of immanence that is defined by the modern brain (cerveau). In fact, many of the terms they propose, such as productive thinking (i.e., creation) vs. reproductive thinking (i.e., opinion), also have their corollaries in Gestalt theory. Philosophy presupposes the brain, which, according to Deleuze, is “any new thought tracing uncharted channels directly through its matter, twisting folding, fissuring it. New connections, new pathways, new synapses, that’s what philosophy calls into play as it creates concepts” on a plane of immanence, which now means both in and with the brain. Thus, each time new images are created, like new circuits in the brain, they also first become possible in a world, enlarging our sense of reality.

Keywords:   philosophy, Deleuze, immanence, cognitive psychology, Gestalt theory, brain

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