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Deleuze, Materialism and Politics

Manuel DeLanda

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/9780748632879.003.0008
Deleuze, Materialism and Politics

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This chapter presents a materialist rectification of the contemporary ‘conservative turn’ – itself disguised as radicalism – to idealist categories in the humanities and social sciences. If materialism is the terrain proper to progressive politics, it is toward fixing the shortcomings of the forms of materialism associated with the left that the chapter is oriented. The chapter places the need for a concept of objective synthesis at the centre of materialist research and explores the aspects of such a concept through Deleuze and Guattari's approach to strata and expression, in the process showing how the linguistic turn can itself be explained by the particular properties of the language stratum. It challenges Deleuze and Guattari's attachment to Marxism – a perspective equated with the subsumption of different scales and dynamics to the false category of ‘the capitalist system’, and a problem that is not overcome in Deleuze and Guattari's concept of capitalist axiomatics.

Keywords: humanities; social sciences; conservatism; radicalism; strata; expression; Marxism; capitalist axiomatics

Chapter.  7856 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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