“The social” is not society understood as the set of material and moral conditions that characterize a form of consolidation. It would appear to be rather the set of means which allow social life to escape material pressures and politico-moral uncertainties; the entire range of methods which make the members of a society relatively safe from the effects of economic fluctuations by providing a certain security – which give their existence possibilities of relations that are flexible enough, and internal stakes that are convincing enough, to avert the dislocation that divergences of interests and beliefs would entail. (more…)
Archive for February, 2011
Posted in Reading Notes, tagged communism, communization, D&G, deleuze, emergence, lines of flight, lived communism, materialism, micro-politics, negri, schizoanalysis, singularity, war machine on February 23, 2011 | 3 Comments »
As the phrase goes, “the communication between two terms generates an independent third.”
Resonance isn’t found by plumbing the interiority of two singularities, or even their overlap. (A U B)
Rather, resonance is an external force in-between singularities that incites forms of content and expression.
Dominic Smith’s response article to Badiou’s Clamour of Being is an amazing descriptive piece that lays the groundwork for theorizing this form of inter-action: (more…)
66: Empire does not confront us like a subject, facing us, but like an environment that is hostile to us.
Posted in Reading Notes, tagged badiou, bergson, body, D&G, deleuze, difference, essentialism, feminism, forms-of-life, hylomorphism, kant, leibniz, materialism, micro-politics, simondon, spivak, subjectivity on February 21, 2011 | 6 Comments »
Claire Colebrook suggests it’s a queer passive vitalism. Consider this:
In concrete terms, we might begin by thinking of gender. Active vitalism, at least in the form that Deleuze and Guattari trace back to Kant, regards all concepts and categories as originally imposed by the subject upon an otherwise meaningless life. Active vitalism might regard gender as one of the ways in which life or the social ‘constructs’ categories that differentiate an otherwise general or undifferentiated humanity: so the criticism of stereotypes (as clichés or rigid forms imposed upon life) would lead to an overthrow of rigid categories in favour of what we really are (as unique individuals) or would expose that there are no such things as individuals, only effects of gender as it is represented. Genders and kinds are known in the vague and general opposition between male and female, distinctions that are imposed upon life and that need to be reactivated by being traced back to their social and familial origins. By contrast, for Deleuze and Guattari’s passive vitalism genders, kinds and stereotypes are not categories imposed upon life that might be overcome or criticised in the name of a universal and self aware humanity; instead, it is life as a multiple and differentiating field of powers that expresses itself in various manners. (more…)
Sorry for the extended absence. I was facing a potentially serious legal/disciplinary situation.
I’ll have some musings on it once it has passed completely.
A tiny morsel: Not a single day passed when I didn’t think of Foucault’s article “About the concept of the dangerous individual in 19th century legal psychiatry” and the incitement to discourse more generally. Here’s a snippet from Foucault’s opening passage: (more…)