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While scholars learn distinction and Repetition for the 1st time, they face major hurdles: the wide variety of resources that Deleuze attracts upon and his dense writing type. This Edinburgh Philosophical consultant is helping scholars to barter those hurdles, taking them in the course of the textual content paragraphy through paragraph. It situates Deleuze inside of Continental philosophy extra largely and explains why he develops his philosophy in his special way.

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Scotus’ solution was to rely on the notion of a formal distinction between the different attributes so that while they were not actually distinct as things separate from one another, they were nevertheless formally distinct in that they picked out genuine differences for reason within the infinite being. Truth, goodness and unity were therefore formally, but not really, distinct features of the infinite being (Scotus uses a similar logic for the Trinity). Attributes operate in a similar way for Spinoza.

Indd 28 30/01/2013 12:30 A Guide to the Text 29 homonymous, but in this case, each of the different categories of being would be arbitrarily related to one another. Being would therefore just be a conjunction of different terms – in effect, a ‘heap’, rather than a unified concept. Instead, Aristotle proposes that we consider being to be a paronymous concept. What would such a concept look like? Aristotle gives the following example: Just as that which is healthy all has reference to health – either because it preserves health, or because it produces it, or because it is a sign of health, or because it is capable of receiving health – .

For this reason, Aristotle opens his Categories with a discussion of three terms, homonymy, synonymy and paronymy: When things have only a name in common and the definition of being which corresponds to that name is different, they are called homonymous. Thus, for example, both a man and a picture [of an animal] are animals. When things have a name in common and the definition of being which corresponds to the name is called the same, they are called synonymous. Thus, for example, both a man and an ox are animals.

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