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Why Deleuze (still) matters: States, War-machines and Radical Transformation by Andrew Robinson

By Andrew Robinson The usefulness of Deleuzian theory for social transformation will vary with the selection of which conceptual contributions one chooses to appropriate. Studying Deleuzian theory is complicated by characteristics of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical method. In What is Philosophy?, they define the function of theory in terms of proliferating concepts – inventing new conceptual categories which construct new ways of seeing. In common with many constructivists, they take the view that our relationship to the world is filtered through our conceptual categories. Distinctively, they also view agency in terms of differentiation – each person or group creates itself, not…

“Semiotic Pluralism” and the New Government of Signs Homage to Félix Guattari by Maurizio Lazzarato

“Semiotic Pluralism” and the New Government of Signs Homage to Félix Guattari Maurizio Lazzarato (Translated by Mary O’Neill)   For Félix Guattari, capital is far more than a simple economic category relating to the circulation of goods and the accumulation of wealth. It is a semiotic category that affects all levels of production and all levels of the stratification of power. According to a definition dating from the 70s, Capital is a “semantic operator”. The semiotic components of capital always operate in a dual register. The first is the register of “representation” and “signification” or “production of meaning”, both of…

Deleuze and Nietzsche’s Types: Questions About Deleuze’s Nietzsche & Philosophy by Levi R. Bryant

[caption id="attachment_9132" align="alignnone" width="221"] Nietzsche[/caption] Questions About Deleuze’s Nietzsche & Philosophy by Levi R. Bryant A short post as I attempt to get myself back into the habit of writing here.  I would like to get back to the place where I’m writing here daily or at least a few times a week, though I confess that I’ve become a bit jaded by online writing and what it often brings and that, in terms of time and responsibilities, my life is quite different than when I was writing frequently here.  Right now my New Centre seminar on Deleuze & Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus is…

An Enchanting Abundance of Types: Nietzsche’s Modest Unity of Virtue Thesis by Mark Alfano

[caption id="attachment_9132" align="alignnone" width="221"] Nietzsche[/caption] An Enchanting Abundance of Types: Nietzsche’s Modest Unity of Virtue Thesis by Mark Alfano http://alfanos.org/Blog/?p=400 Posted on 11 October 2013 (This is a conference paper I delivered at the University of Guelph’s conference on Nietzsche and Virtue.  A suitably revised version of it will appear in the Journal of Value Inquiry.) I want to advance several theses.  Before I announce them, I will lay out a few assumptions on which these theses rely.  First, Nietzsche was a perfectionist.  By this I mean that he thought that the only intrinsic good is the realization of human nature.  This…

Intuition as a Method in Philosophy

Intuition as a Method in Philosophy by Adrian Lessegers In Chapter 1 of his book entitled Bergsonism, Deleuze emphasized that intuition is a method of ‘precision’ that follows a set of ‘strict rules’. This is indeed counter-intuitive to what we usually think as ‘intuition’. Intuition is not a gut feel; neither it is the feeling that wins you over a bet or a game of luck. It is, for Bergson and also for Deleuze, a philosophical method, a decisive turn in a given duration or state of things. Intuition provides us precise ways of knowingand differentiating lived experiences and reality itself. Deleuze wrote that Bergson considers intuition as a…

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