A Preface to Pornotheology: Spinoza, Deleuze and the Sexing of Angels

Charlie Blake

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI:
A Preface to Pornotheology: Spinoza, Deleuze and the Sexing of Angels

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This chapter makes an attempt to grasp the tension between coming and becoming in Deleuze's philosophy. Grappling with Deleuze's operative dualisms between pleasure and desire, and thereby also with ontological questions of equivocity and univocity, Blake discusses the very different, but equally crucial approaches to sex offered by Spinoza and Reich. While Spinozist philosophy allows Deleuze to insert sensual pleasure and desire within an immanent causality, Reich offers a politicisation of sexuality that Deleuze and Guattari appreciate but also an external and therefore equivocal distinction and causality between the two. Proposing the angelic as a means of encompassing both desire and pleasure, and both immanence and politics, Blake works to situate actual sex within a philosophy which is reluctant to allow for the orgasmic within its desiring web of connections.

Keywords: Pleasure; Angels; Spinoza; Reich

Chapter.  11448 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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