From Clinamen to Conatus: Deleuze, Lucretius, Spinoza

  • Warren Montag
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In 1961, Gilles Deleuze published a short essay titled “Lucrèce et le naturalisme” in the journal Études philosophiques.1 At the end of the sixties, a version of the essay, approximately two pages longer, which included the entirety of the earlier version (with the exception of a diagram) appeared as one of five appendices to The Logic of Sense.2 It was presented under the heading “The Simulacrum and Ancient Philosophy” where it was preceded and, in a certain sense, introduced by an essay on Plato, “Plato and the Simulacrum,” also a revised version of an earlier essay originally published under the title “Renverser le platonisme” (“To Reverse Platonism”) in the Revue de métaphysique et de morale in 1967.3


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  1. 1.
    Gilles Deleuze, “Lucrèce et le naturalisme,” Études philosophiques 1 (1961): 19–29.Google Scholar
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    Gilles Deleuze, The Logic of Sense, trans. Mark Lester (New York: Columbia University Press, 1990).Google Scholar
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    Gilles Deleuze, “Renverser le platonisme (Les simulacres),” Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 71 (1966): 426–38.Google Scholar
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    Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995); Gilles Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, trans. Martin Joughin (New York: Zone Books, 1992).Google Scholar
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    Baruch Spinoza, Ethica, The Latin Library, accessed October 31, 2014, (my translation). See also Baruch Spinoza, Complete Works, trans. Samuel Shirley (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 2002).Google Scholar
  6. 23.
    Pierre-François Moreau, Lucrèce. L’ame (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2002), 29.Google Scholar

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