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Relations and reactions

Relations and reactions

In a post on Marx’s dialectical method and Deleuze, Steven Shaviro makes the interesting claim that it is Deleuze’s pluralism that is transcendental.  It is the theory of relations that Deleuze has which underpins his pluralism and this theory of relations, presumably, would be the place to look for a transcendental structure in the sense of a ‘condition of possibility’-type… Read more →

The iPod lecture circuit - Los Angeles Times

The iPod lecture circuit – Los Angeles Times

This is an interesting article about the new upsurge in podcasted lectures.  the Dreyfus lectures are really very interesting, though I have been listening more to his lectures on Heidegger than on Existentialism, perhaps because I am teaching existentialism so didn’t want to get too distracted…having said that, at least once in my own lectures I’ve commented on what Dreyfus… Read more →

The individual is not anyone

The individual is not anyone

The discussion on Marx, Deleuze and desire continues…my own thoughts seep out of side… In Video Veritas responds to Larvalsubjects question ‘Where’s Marx?’ with the claim that he is a ghostlike omnipresence – “Marx is all over the academy, but in a fragmented, ’spectral’ fashion”.  IVV suggests that within disciplines like economics there is a kind of latent Marxism because… Read more →

Interest and desire

Interest and desire

Larvalsubjects has an interesting post on Marx in the academy over here which has generated a lively discussion in which, perhaps unsurprisingly, the question of agency has risen to the fore again.  This is still something I find disturbing, something I’m not really able to get a grip on fully, since I tend to understand the problem of agency as… Read more →

beware desyr: anti-oedipus reading notes

beware desyr: anti-oedipus reading notes

One of the re-occurring problems that Deleuze & Guattari address within Anti-Oedipus (AO) is that of the apparently self harming act.  This is perhaps most clearly indicated in the way in which they return to the ‘desire for fascism’ within the masses that Wilhelm Reich attempted to address in his book The mass psychology of fascism.  Reich, whom D&G declare … Read more →

The problem of the program

The problem of the program

Notes on revolutionary Marxism The central tenets. (beginning from the ‘Founding Statement’ of the Trotskyist group ‘Permanent Revolution’ to be found online at http://www.permanentrevolution.net/?view=entry&entry=779, accessed 15.11.07) Belief in communism, “using Karl Marx’s rough guide to communism – from each according to his (or her) ability, to each according to his (or her) need – as its starting point”. Belief in… Read more →

That which is core being

That which is core being

At it’s most exciting and interesting existentialism brings to the fore the problem of the core of my very being and even if it may fall back on the model of the human in its own attempt to think through this problem, the fact that the problem is posed in large part derives from existentialist thought.  This ‘core’ sounds naive… Read more →

Anti-Oedipus reading group

Anti-Oedipus reading group

The Volcanic Lines – deleuzian research group, which I co-organise with Ed Willatt from Greenwich University, is beginning a new series of work next week.  Details have already gone out in various forms.  Reading for week 1 is Chapter 1 of AO (The Desiring Machines) and the reading group will last 6 weeks, each Wednesday night.  All welcome at any… Read more →

to survive da'ath

to survive da’ath

I gave a paper at the Manchester Metropolitan University conference on ‘Deleuze and the event’ that was held earlier this year and the organisers have videoed all the papers, a practice they have had for a while now as part of their online journal A/V (now defunct it seems).  A dvd came through the post this morning with copies of… Read more →