<i>Un écart infime</i> (Part III)

Leonard Lawlor

in The Implications of Immanence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226535
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235742 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Un écart infime (Part III)

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For Foucault, painting—or fiction—makes us see how much the invisibility of the visible is invisible. For Foucault, the invisible is never an imminent visible on the horizon. Foucault's “blind spot” is a kind of “a-perspectivism,” in the literal sense; there can be no in-spection of this spot; it cannot be turned into spectacle; and thus no change of perspective would allow us to see it. And yet, the invisible in Foucault is not absolutely absent; it is diffracted into singular visibilities and then has “a teeming presence” like death (une présence fourmillante). This teeming presence will be seen in Foucault's famous (or infamous) analysis of Velázquez's painting. This chapter reconstructs the analysis in order to show how the “blind spot,” the impossibility of vision, is connected to life, to power, and thus to thinking. It is indisputable that in Foucault Deleuze has given us the most philosophically interesting reading of Foucault.

Keywords: Foucault; Deleuze; blind spot; invisible

Chapter.  7421 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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