From a Philosophically Clean-Shaven Marx to a Philosophically Decolonized Deleuze

A desperately rough sketch of the third chapter of my dissertation If the face is in fact Christ, in other words, your average ordinary White Man, then the first deviances, the first divergence-types, are racial: yellow man, black man, men in the second or third category…They must be Christianized, in other words, facialized. European racism … Continue reading From a Philosophically Clean-Shaven Marx to a Philosophically Decolonized Deleuze

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We Head for The Horizon and Return With Bloodshot Eyes (Brief Comments on the Plane of Immanence)

The question of the status of the plane of immanence has often been interpreted in a positive light. Namely, it is evident to the reader that ‘reaching the plane of immanence’ is portrayed as a virtue of the philosopher insofar as philosophy, understood as the creation of concepts, necessarily relies upon the plane on which … Continue reading We Head for The Horizon and Return With Bloodshot Eyes (Brief Comments on the Plane of Immanence)

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

Ideas Are Problems Themselves and Not the Criteria For Their Possible Solution: Deleuze, Plato, Dialectic

“With Plato...The Idea is not yet the concept of an object which submits the world to the requirements of representation, but rather a brute presence which can be invoked in the world only in function of that which is not ‘representable’ in things. The Idea has therefore not yet chosen to relate difference to the … Continue reading Ideas Are Problems Themselves and Not the Criteria For Their Possible Solution: Deleuze, Plato, Dialectic

‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

I. The Function Of Parallelism In Spinoza’s Ethical Theory However, there is perhaps still another proposition in Spinoza’s Ethics, which would present a possible contradiction with our prior argument regarding the metaphysical status of IIP7. In IIIP2 Spinoza writes that: “The body cannot determine the mind to thinking, and the mind cannot determine the body … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)

Two ideas motivate this inquiry into Deleuze's reading of Spinoza. First, how does Deleuze envision the parallelism attributed to Spinoza as an ethical concept, as opposed to an ontological one? Second, how does this lead to Deleuze's remarks regarding ethical difference in Spinoza's Ethics? It is these two questions that are involved in this claim: "There is … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)