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Deleuze and Selfless Sex: Undoing Kant's Copernican Revolution

Jeffrey A. Bell

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0009
Deleuze and Selfless Sex: Undoing Kant's Copernican Revolution

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This chapter provides a historical and political reading of the role of sexuality in Deleuze's work by situating desire and passion at the centre of thought itself. Responding to criticisms by Quentin Meillassoux and others that Deleuze fails to account for thought that is freed from its conditions, Bell links Deleuze's micropassions to thought and argues that contrary to such claims, this is exactly what provides the condition for thinking otherwise. The capacity to think, he shows through Hume and against Kant, is not dependent on a transcendental ego but rather on assemblages of micropassions. At the same time, this means that since micropassions are extended or delimited by political institutions, thinking relates to the political.

Keywords: Kant; Hume; Meillassoux; Thought

Chapter.  9413 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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