Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts
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One of the most radical philosophers of the twentieth century, Gilles Deleuze has become hugely influential in philosophy, cultural studies, literature, art, and architecture.
subject is not master of the word it chooses to express its beliefs or its desires. As they argue: It is for this reason that indirect discourse, especially “free” indirect discourse, is of exemplary value: there are no clear, distinctive contours; what comes first is not an insertion of variously individuated statements, or an interlocking of different subjects of enunciation, but a collective assemblage resulting in the determination of relative subjectivation proceedings, or assignations of
unknowable) in order to develop his thesis of the Idea as itself a “problem” (DR: 168–70). We are awakened to the problem by an encounter with a “problematic object” or event, which exceeds our representative capacities, but for the same reason provokes the exercise of all our powers, creating a relay between sense, memory, imagination and thought. This object or “sign”, on the one hand, serves as the index of a virtual horizon for thought: “objective” (in the sense of “coming from outside”) but
territories of possibilities that are foreclosed, for future beings, by this same now. While the fact of this loss, the loss that perpetually subtends the present, is unavoidable, the concept of the micropolitical reminds us that those losses are not, and need not be equal. Some losses are better than others. Consider this: in A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari write, “the question … is not whether the status of women, or those on the bottom, is better or worse, but the type of organization
Deleuze’s relations with his contemporaries – mirror the very intersections developed in the combination of essays on Deleuze’s key concepts in this volume. Just as the authors of Salut, Deleuze! fold the concept and practice of friendship into a gentle, but nonetheless precise deflation of the tombeau in both of its senses (homage as well as tomb or grave), the authors in this volume productively deploy their knowledge of Deleuze’s concepts while pointing out potentials for their extension
linguistic practices are either transformed and set in disequilibrium or repeated and perpetuated. Hence, one may speak of a language’s relative “coefficient of deterritorialization”, some language communities restricting the play of their linguistic lines of continuous variation more than others. Deleuze and Guattari state that in a minor literature “language is affected with a high coefficient of deterritorialization” (K: 16), and in their study of Kafka they argue that Prague German in Kafka’s