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Ethics

Miguel de Beistegui

in Immanence - Deleuze and Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638307
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638307.003.0006
Ethics

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This chapter addresses some of the practical consequences of Baruch Spinoza's ontology for the existence of modes. It then demonstrates the extent to which Gilles Deleuze's thought after Expressionism in Philosophy remains indebted to Spinoza. Spinoza rejects entirely the theological idea of the perfection of the original man, and he does so on natural grounds. The problem of ethics and of life is described. Deleuze and Félix Guattari posit that the link between syntheses is not dialectical. They do not defend economy and ethics: desire is entirely economical and social, entirely productive of its object, entirely immanent. Schizoanalysis designates a way out of psychoanalysis, and schizophrenia a way out of neurosis and hysteria. It is not a matter of adopting schizophrenia as a model to be imitated, but as a process in which desire is visible and produced in its raw, free state.

Keywords: ontology; ethics; Baruch Spinoza; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; schizoanalysis; psychoanalysis; desire; schizophrenia; neurosis

Chapter.  23740 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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