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Adieu to Negativity: Deleuze

Benjamin Noys

in The Persistence of the Negative

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638635
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638635.003.0003
Adieu to Negativity: Deleuze

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Gilles Deleuze is the most explicitly and consistent affirmative thinker. This chapter analyses the origin of this orientation in his reading of Henri Bergson’s vitalism. The use of Bergson allows Deleuze to positivise difference, but this comes at the expense of a more nuanced political and theoretical understanding of the forms of capitalist power. This chapter then attends to the elements of negativity that can be found in Deleuze’s engagement with aesthetics and politics, particularly in his reading of Marx. It suggests that there is another ‘political Deleuze’, attuned to negativity, which is contrary to the usual affirmative image of this thinker. In particular, it suggests that Deleuze offers a possibility of grasping the articulation of negativity with forms of political subjectivity.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Henri Bergson; Vitalism; Karl Marx; Subjectivity

Chapter.  12137 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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