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The Indifference of Objectivity to Difference and Identity: The Paradox of Subject-Object Obfuscation between Schelling and Deleuze

Holmberg, Rafael; (2022) The Indifference of Objectivity to Difference and Identity: The Paradox of Subject-Object Obfuscation between Schelling and Deleuze. Cosmos and History: the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy , 18 (2) pp. 112-128. Green open access

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Abstract

Schelling and Deleuze are polarised respectively as philosopher of identity and philosopher of difference par excellence. Schelling grounds reason in his early Naturphilosophie in the a priori identity deduced from the abstraction of the proposition A=A. Deleuze, however, reworks the Platonic Idea and Nietzsche’s Eternal Return in the service of an a priori ‘problematic being’, an ontological difference-in-itself, which precedes metaphysical identity. Despite their apparently polarised metaphysical groundwork, they stumble across a similar consequence: the distinction between subject and object, and any problematic derived thereof, is in consequence of the ontological constitution of the object itself. The paradox of objectivity as indifference to an a priori difference or identity is presented, and preliminarily suggested to be due to the Deleuze-Schelling opposition not being a difference-identity opposition, but an opposition between difference and a ‘blind act’ which retroactively precedes the making-identical to itself of the one as distinguished from the many.

Type: Article
Title: The Indifference of Objectivity to Difference and Identity: The Paradox of Subject-Object Obfuscation between Schelling and Deleuze
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/art...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 Rafael Holmberg. Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Schelling, Deleuze, Paradox, Identity, Difference, Objectivity, Act
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10162316
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