Pas une fois pour toutes. Pensée et création: Gilles Deleuze et le non-commencement de la philosophie
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Gilles Deleuze
Image of thought
Transcendental empiricism


The paper traces some of Gilles Deleuze’s reflections on the subject of thought and philosophical activity, focusing especially on the third chapter of one of his main


Difference and repetition

(1968). Following the general structure of the

chapter, the paper first analyses the concept of “Image of thought”, which describes the tendency of thought itself to represent its own functioning, and the risks that the Image imply, since it chains the activity of thought to old sedentary habits and its ordinary functioning. Secondly, the paper examines Deleuze’s original proposal of a “thought without image”, a thought whose conditions are not predetermined and that therefore must recreate itself each time. Deleuze arrives at this conception through questioning the classical notion of truth and

revisiting Kant’s theory of transcendental knowledge.

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