The memory of time : virtuality in Deleuze’s philosophy

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2007
İsmet, Burçak
The main objective of this master’s thesis is to examine the concept of difference according to French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson. In order to explicate this crucial concept and its emphasis in these thinkers’ philosophies, this dissertation is focused on the notion of time and memory. Through the thesis, first Deleuze’s critical attitude towards representational and dialectical approachs for difference is elucidated. After the comprehensive examination for the meaning of difference according to Deleuze, the understanding of time is revealed by means of Deleuzian comprehension of repetition and Bergsonian notion of duration. Throughout the thesis what is virtually hidden beneath the arguments, what is common in both philosophers finally is exposed as the concept of becoming. For Deleuze, whose philosophy of time is certainly dependent on Bergson, time creates a renewed conception in order for subject to be an individual as the state of permanent becoming. And an individual which is qualified as a state of becoming, is the memory of time where the latter is an infinite virtuality.

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B. İsmet, “The memory of time : virtuality in Deleuze’s philosophy,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.