The Space of Man: On the Specificity of Affect in Deleuze and Guattari

Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and Space

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618743
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671762 | DOI:
The Space of Man: On the Specificity of Affect in Deleuze and Guattari

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This chapter takes up the sense of new spatial relations, clarifying both Deleuze's and Foucault's respective historical confrontations with the phenomenology of Husserl. The new spatial concepts that result from this confrontation are discussed especially in light of Deleuze's subsequent evaluation of the ‘sense of space’ in Foucault, where Deleuze claims the discovery of the ‘superfold’ (or ‘unlimited finity’) whereby the thinking of space is no longer ordered by a general horizon (a world), but where ‘each located observer is the opening of a fold, a world folded around its contemplations and rhythms’. Thus, if phenomenology earlier argued that all perception and communicable meaning must presuppose a horizon, a world of possibilities which would then be given repeatable form and ideality in the structures of sense, the chapter reveals a Deleuze who takes great pains to think about the way in which different expressions of life unfold different spaces, relations, fields or trajectories, according to ‘the immanent power of corporeality in all matter’.

Keywords: spatial relations; Foucault; Husserl; superfold

Chapter.  8332 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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