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Bergson's term is neither consistent with nor opposite to Hegel's. We will return to the specifics of Bergson's positive ontology; it is sufficient at this point to recognize the force and the initial consequences of the antagonistic foundation of Deleuze's argument. 2 Multiplicity in the Passage from Quality to Quantity When Deleuze returns to Bergson in the mid-1960s to write Bergsonism, he takes up again many of his early arguments, but his polemical foundation changes slightly. The analysis still contains an attack against the negative movement of determination, but now the central critical focus is directed toward the problem of the One and the Multiple.

Furthermore, by shifting the terrain from the plane of logic to that of values, Nietzsche allows Deleuze to translate the positive ontology he has developed through the study of Bergson toward a positive ethics. Remark: Deleuze and Interpretation Before turning to Nietzsche, let us take a moment to consider two critiques of Deleuze's reading of Bergson that will help us clarify the characteristics of Deleuze's interpretative strategy. At the outset of our essay, we noted that the peculiarities of Deleuze's work require that we keep a series of methodological principles in mind.

We should note here that this early article is the only occasion on which Deleuze attacks the Hegelian dialectic directly, on its own terms, and perhaps for this reason it is his most powerful critique. Later, when Deleuze returns to attack the dialectic in the second Bergson phase of study, in his work on Nietzsche or in Difference et repetition, he always addresses an extrapolation or derivation of the dialectic. This direct antagonistic foundation, however, already raises a serious problem: The radical opposition to the dialectic appears to force us to read Bergsonian being as "indeterminate" in the Hegelian sense.

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