[D-G] Deleuze-Guattari Digest, Vol 63, Issue 5

John Laudenberger johnnywoops at gmail.com
Fri May 21 12:01:14 PDT 2010

Dear H.W.,
Thank you for the response. I'm currently away for the weekend and 
can't take a look at my books, nor attempt to look at the book by 
Merleau-Ponty, but will do so when I get home on Monday. I would like 
to continue this conversation and will give you a more thorough 
response soon.
Thanks again for the help,

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM, Harald Wenk 
<<mailto:hwenk at web.de>hwenk at web.de> wrote:

Dear Mr. Laudenebrger,

It is in:
Merleau Ponty : "Les Philosophes célèbres", Éd. d'Art, Mazenod Paris 
1956. p. 136.

quoted in "Spinoza et le probleme de l'expresssion" by Deleuze, page 22.
Footnote 1.

A very special question, it is related tio any further interest?
For D&G or Merleau_Ponty?

Although the "calculus" of infinitisimal differentials and 
integration goes about it,
Spinoza's letter on the infinity seems to have been very influental 
and high valued,
in spite he did not mention anywhere (The "Calculus").

"The paradoxes of the allmight" and the uptaking of the 
"Theologician/Phiosopher" Bolzano
of the Pardoxes of the infintiy for the foundation of Analysis 
(Theorem of Bolzano Weirstrass) at the end of
19th century support the view staetd by DEleuz from Merleua-Ponty.
Also the constant arguemnt of the "finite mind and the infinte god 
being "without common measure".

Indeed, modern mathematics is the almost the only heritage of that
innocent thinking of te innocent.
Even Nietzsche wanted to "forbid us this excess of thinking the 
infinite" and declares the
world as a "finite sum of energy".

I myself was often very surprie´sed to find this sentiment against 
the use of teh infinite
in matemmatics among phlsophers today.
For,in modern mathematics, and in consequnce in Physics,
almost nothing of real uinterst happens without
analysis, limit processes, infinitsimal differential equations,
intimily realted to infinit in every form.

Aristotle denies the "actual infinity", that is what the
makes the philosophical connection to theology.
The question of infinty in theology thus comes from a philosopher, 
namely Aristotle (and Plato and neoplatonism)
not from a bible cite.

So, the question of the infinite in teh 17the century was as such, 
mathematical,philosophical, ontological
and in strugggle with theological metaphysics.

A fine ontological connectioon of physics, matheamtics and metaphysics
stood behind that.

greetings H.W.

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