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Molecular Revolutions: The Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze

Isabelle Garo

in Deleuze and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.003.0003
Molecular Revolutions: The Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze

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This chapter examines the way in which Deleuze's thought engages with the principle elements of French left-wing thought and action: the analysis of economic and social reality, and the relation to Marx and Marxism. It argues that Deleuze's claim that everything is political does not extend the domain of political thought in a useful and effective fashion, but rather leads to its dispersion and eventual nullity because it cancels out its specificity. The chapter charges Deleuze with vitalism, arguing that terms such as ‘flow’, which form the core of his ontology, blur the necessary distinctions between the different dimensions of the real. There is a fundamental problem at the heart of Deleuze's thought which has too long been overlooked, and that is the way his conception of politics seems to disable in advance any attempt at collective praxis.

Keywords: left-wing thought; Marxism; political thought; vitalism

Chapter.  8818 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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