‘affect’ describes both (i) the power of bodies to combine and (ii) the felt effects of power in the body. the content and expression of affecting and being affected. bodies combine in a very concrete sense, like nourishment or poison, to produce passional sensations of joy or sadness.
affect is caught like one catches a cold: through contagion. it can’t be quantified any more than freud was able to quantify libido. and when it’s qualified, felt as ’emotion’ for instance, its measurement still comes out dull like a nurse taking your temperature. Continue reading “affect: a definition”
we don’t even know what a body is capable of. there is all of this talk of the soul and the mind, and we still don’t know what a body can do.
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a series of propositions: Continue reading “Embodiment”
A Thousand Plateaus: “Capture”
Outline by “Anarchist Without Content”
Draft copy. Do not cite without permission. Please email comments or suggestions.
Continue reading “Outline of “Apparatus of Capture” Plateau – Deleuze and Guattari”
Area 1: Non-linear Historical Materialism Continue reading “PhD Exam Reading List”
Heres a _rough_ version of the paper I gave at the Marxist Literary Group – Institute on Culture and Society 2010 in Antigonish at St. Francis Xavier University:
Forget The Dialectic
The curse of
make a motion,
We need more
in the heat
–Ron Sakolsky, Swift Winds
Continue reading ““Forget the Dialectic””
I have begun fleshing out the abstract I wrote for the upcoming MLG.
Here are my notes:
Following Deleuze and Guattari’s “assemblage” theory, all matter is connected through a set of singularities into ensembles without becoming a totality or whole. Bergson’s notion of duration helps distinguish between the intensive and extensive properties of multiplicities (ATP 484). The first sense of multiplicity are extensive numerical multiplicities (Space — see Riemann), the second continuous intensive multiplicities (Time). Maybe the most self-evidently Bergsonian aspect of multiplicities is found within intensive multiplicities, the idea of the virtual — the real immanent openness to change in in every particular situation. Following Proust on memory, Deleuze argues that the virtual is “real without being actual, ideal without being abstract”.
Here’s a wonderful graph I took from the wiki page for multiplicity:
|differences in kind
||differences in degree
|divides only by changing in kind
||divides without changing in kind
|non-numerical – qualitative
||numerical – quantitative
|differences are virtual
||differences are actual
|subjective – subject
||objective – object
Continue reading “MLG Paper: Sloppy Notes on a Deleuzian Metaphysics”