By Claire Colebrook
This e-book not just introduces Deleuze's rules, it additionally demonstrates the ways that his paintings gives you new readings of literary texts.
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Extra resources for Gilles Deleuze (Routledge Critical Thinkers)
In both cases we have to take the inﬁnitely different – each different and varying leaf – and ﬁx some word that will apply to all leaves. This gives us the illusion that there is some general type – say, ‘leafness’ – to which language refers. We imagine that there are ﬁxed forms which our language labels or which can be pointed to, literally and concretely, in language. Against this, Nietzsche insists that language creates concepts; all language, not just literary language, is metaphorical. It takes the concrete and sensible world and refers to it through something else, such as the sign or the concept.
Thinking happens. At the same time, this necessity is also the afﬁrmation of chance and freedom; we are not constrained by an order or pre-given end. True freedom lies in afﬁrming the chance of events, not being deluded that we are ‘masters’ or that the world is nothing more than the limited perceptions we have of it. Freedom demands taking thinking, constantly, beyond itself. Affect is crucial to this ‘violence’ of thinking (violence in the sense of something that happens to us beyond all morality).
Is this not just the way our ﬁxed moral judgements and prejudices operate? I hear an Asian dialect on the bus that I do not understand and I say, ‘That’s not a civilised language’. Someone practises a form of sexuality that is not to my liking and I say, ‘That’s perverse’, or ‘That’s evil’. Over and over again Deleuze insisted that he was working towards an ethics that was ‘beyond good and evil’. This would mean that instead of assuming that there are values or meanings (good and evil) attached to the world, such that we can pass from the world to judgement without question, we need to look at how we pass from the world we perceive in our own speciﬁc, sensible and singular way, to concepts, judgements and values.