On the Function of Ground in Deleuze’s Philosophy Or An Introduction to Pathogenesis

  • John Neil McGinness

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis introduces pathogenesis as methodology for a vitalist metaphysics, where life is understood as emerging and developing through functioning and grounding. This methodology is defined in an analysis of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, whose work is used as central resource alongside the work of historical figures – Plato, Hume, Kant, Bergson and Nietzsche – and contemporary writings on Deleuze as secondary resources. The analysis proceeds by problematising the related concepts of function and ground in relation to Deleuze’s vitalist philosophy and in relation to the supplementary material indicated.
    Date of Award2013
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorJames Williams (Supervisor)


    • Deleuze
    • Function
    • Ground
    • Pathogenesis
    • Plato
    • Bergson
    • Nietzsche
    • Hume
    • Kant
    • Border
    • Guattari

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