What the Earth Thinks

Gregg Lambert

in Deleuze and Space

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618743
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671762 | DOI:
What the Earth Thinks

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This chapter explores the question of space from the perspective of the Earth itself. Using the occasion of Hardt and Negri's recent argument concerning the creative potential of ‘deterritorialisation’ which they find at the basis of what they define as ‘Empire’, it suggests that the conceptual apparatus which Deleuze and Guattari employ in their second volume of the Capitalism and Schizophrenia project, A Thousand Plateaus, must be understood in a certain sense as an abandonment of an earlier problem of ‘Universal History’ – and of the History of Capitalism, in particular – that had preoccupied them in the first instalment, Anti-Oedipus. The implications of their turn to the geological metaphors of stratification and to the problems of territory and deterritorialization can be seen to echo Marx's own shift from the language of German idealism in the earlier writings to the new conceptual apparatus of political economy in the volumes of Das Kapital. The remainder of the chapter expounds on the implications of this geological shift exhibited in the latter project by asking the question: ‘If the Earth had a politics, what would it be’?

Keywords: Deleuze; space; Hardt; Negri; deterritorialization; Guattari; A Thousand Plateaus

Chapter.  9371 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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