Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema

Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anne Wiazemsky, La Chinoise (1967) The aim of this essay is to interrogate the relationship between Idea-problems, creativity, and the society of control as undertaken by Deleuze (within philosophy), Godard (within cinema), and Paul Patton (philosophy and cinema). It will be shown how Deleuze’s understanding of the relation between Ideas, creativity, and control differs … Continue reading Deleuze, Patton, and Godard go to the Cinema

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Bergsonian Science-Fiction: Deleuze, Eshun, and Thinking the Reality of Time

“To be more precise, science fiction is neither forward-looking nor utopian. Rather, in William Gibson’s phrase, science fiction is a means through which to preprogram the present [...] Science fiction operates through the power of falsification, the drive to rewrite reality, and the will to deny plausibility, while the scenario operates through the control and … Continue reading Bergsonian Science-Fiction: Deleuze, Eshun, and Thinking the Reality of Time

‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

(A preview from the forthcoming Issue of Hostis: A Journal of Incivility) I). The politics that seduces us is not ethical, it is cruel. We contrast the politics of cruelty to the politics of ethics. Ethics goes all the way back to the Greeks, whose ethics was the study of ‘the good life.’ Our interests … Continue reading ‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

Towards a Feminist “Axiomatics”

The title of this post, Feminist 'Axiomatics,' is a term I will use to explain and articulate a specific gesture within feminist theory - mainly found in the work of Elizabeth Grosz and Sara Ahmed. This gesture consists in this: to understand that there is something specific and distinct about feminist theory - where for Grosz … Continue reading Towards a Feminist “Axiomatics”