Beyond Belief: Deleuze's Hume and the Fear of Politics

Jeffrey A. Bell

in Deleuze's Hume

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634392
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652464 | DOI:
Beyond Belief: Deleuze's Hume and the Fear of Politics

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This chapter investigates the political implications of Gilles Deleuze's transcendental empiricism, where it is argued that there are indeed — despite the criticisms that claim Deleuze's project has no effective connection with the political — important political ramifications in his thought. It first reviews Deleuze's theory of multiplicity, stressing how Alain Badiou's critique ultimately relies upon an historical/ahistorical dichotomy that Deleuze rejects. It also illustrates that understanding Deleuze's philosophy in light of Bruno Latour's own project, as has been done in part throughout this work, enables Deleuze's political philosophy to be better situated. It then argues that Deleuze provides a concept that can engage fruitfully with the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. Moreover, it reports how for Deleuze ‘becoming-imperceptible’ is indispensable to ‘becoming-revolutionary’. Deleuze is calling for a countering move to capitalism, or a revolutionary movement. For Deleuze, the revolutionary potential to transform the current system involves a becoming-revolutionary of desires.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; David Hume; transcendental empiricism; multiplicity; Alain Badiou; Bruno Latour; political philosophy; Michel Foucault; Giorgio Agamben

Chapter.  12049 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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