July 2, 2012 by Peter Gratton
I’m doing some revisions for my talk tomorrow on immanence and life as related to Spinoza, and came upon Miguel De Beistegui’s “The Vertigo of Immanence: Deleuze’s Spinozism” (Research in Phenomenology 35 : 77-100), where he begins:
Given the relatively recent nature of Deleuze scholarship, we still lack a unified understanding of the significance (and signifcation) of that thought. We are still unsure as to what the name “Deleuze” stands for and what place his thought occupies… (77)
He then identifies immanence as the core idea of Deleuze’s work, which is, I think unassailable. But it’s hard to believe that just seven years ago one could talk about the “relatively recent nature of Deleuze scholarship.” He is simply inescapable today and is a major influence on just about all the major figures in recent Continental thought.