On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation

Palgrave Macmillan, 24 sep. 2012 - 300 pagina's
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How might we produce our subjectivity differently? Indeed, what are we capable of becoming? This book addresses these questions with a particular eye to ethics, understood as a practice of living, and aesthetics, understood as creative experimentation and the cultivation of a certain style of life. Central to the enquiry are the writings of Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze (separately and in collaboration), as well as their philosophical precursors, Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Nietzsche and Henri Bergson. Each of these, it is argued, offers powerful resources for thinking subjectivity beyond its habitual and typical instantiations – specifically in relation to opening up a different temporality of and for the subject today. Alongside this Deleuze-Guattarian trajectory the book also brings into encounter the writings on aesthetics and ethics of Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan, and pitches Deleuze against Alain Badiou's own theory of the subject. At stake in this philosophical and psychoanalytical exploration is the drawing of a series of diagrams of the finite–infinite relation, and a development of Guattari's ethico-aesthetic paradigm for thinking the production of subjectivity as speculative, but also a pragmatic and creative practice.

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Contemporary Conditions and Diagrammatic Trajectory
The Accessing of the Infinite by the Finite Spinoza Nietzsche Bergson
Two Diagrams of the Production of Subjectivity and of the Subjects Relation to Truth Foucault versus Lacan
From the Folding of the FiniteInfinite Relation to Schizoanalytic Metamodelization to Biopolitics Guattari
Life Inbetween the Infinite and the Finite Deleuze contra Badiou
Towards a Speculative Production of Subjectivity Deleuze and Guattari
Composite Diagram and Relations of Adjacency

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Simon O'Sullivan is Reader in Art Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. He is the author of Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005), co-editor, with Stephen Zepke, of Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (2008) and Deleuze and Contemporary Art (2010) and co-author, with Jorella Andrews, of Visual Cultures as...Objects and Affects (2013).

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