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  •  You should read Deleuze if you get the chance. (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning: Can be intimidating.  Just e-mail me if you tackle him, and I'll guide you through.

    Gilles Deleuze was considered to be the most important philosopher in France after Foucault's death, and in fact, the two knew and respected each other.  Deleuze rehabilitated Nietzsche in the West, rescuing him from his post-mortem fling with the Reich, re-elevated Spinoza, and went on to incorporate them (along with Henri Bergson) into a searingly brilliant corpus of original thought.  He co-authored some important books with Felix Guattari.

    A thumbnail won't do it justice, but he takes Nietzsche's intersection of forces (from Spinoza), filters it through Bergson's work on memory, to argue (inter alia) that the ethical act is the creative act.  We subtly create each other through our actions, retained in memory which shapes us.  In the same way as all things are the result of intersections, of collisions, of caresses.  

    The ethical, then, is not to refrain from a negative act so much as engage in a positive one, to render the other more capable of action than he/she was before.  To amplify each other.

    Nietzsche considered that forces were active or reactive.  Deleuze (especially with Guattari) complicates this wonderfully by demonstrating all manner of interactions.  His is a celebration of complexity in and of itself.

    It takes a movement to change the world, and the Oval Office just can't hold all of us --- me, in a moment of pithy pique.

    by oxon on Thu May 20, 2010 at 01:24:26 PM PDT

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