People and Fabulation

Philippe Mengue

in Deleuze and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652549 | DOI:
People and Fabulation

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This chapter focuses on the problematic of ‘fabulation’. Deleuze enticingly alludes to this Bergsonian figure in invoking a ‘new earth’ and a ‘people to come’, yet offers little elaboration. It is argued that the concept of fabulation and its relation to the question of ‘the people’ raises important concerns both for the critical analysis of Deleuze's concepts and for politics more widely. Tracing the problem of myth and fabulation through Nietzsche, Heidegger and Deleuze, the chapter argues that a concern with fabulation enables an understanding of transversal ‘unity’ in Deleuze, one constructed as a ‘democratic plane of immanence’. This necessitates unsettling a number of Deleuze's direct and popularly perceived political and conceptual positions, not least his critique of democracy and disavowal of the autonomy of the political.

Keywords: fabulation; Deleuze; new earth; people; transversal unity; immanence

Chapter.  9627 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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