Deleuze, Values, and Normativity

Nathan Jun

in Deleuze and Ethics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641178
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671731 | DOI:
Deleuze, Values, and Normativity

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This chapter is concerned with two distinct but related questions: Does Deleuzian philosophy offer an account of moral norms (i.e., a theory of normativity)? Does Deleuzian philosophy offer an account of moral values (i.e., a theory of the good)? These are important questions for at least two reasons. First, the moral- and value-theoretical aspects of Deleuzian philosophy have tended to be ignored, dismissed, overlooked, or otherwise overshadowed in the literature by the ontological, historical and political aspects. Second, Deleuze — along with other alleged ‘postmodernists’ such as Foucault and Derrida — has occasionally been accused of moral relativism, scepticism and even nihilism. The chapter demonstrates the value and importance of Deleuze's (and Guattari's) contributions to ethics and defends Deleuzian philosophy from the charges just mentioned.

Keywords: Deleuzian philosophy; moral norms; moral values; Guattari; ethics

Chapter.  8215 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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