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Convulsing Bodies: Religion & Resistance in Foucault by Mark D. Jordan (review)

Convulsing Bodies: Religion & Resistance in Foucault by Mark D. Jordan (review) Book Notes Deleuze himself rarely mentioned the futurists--although Marinetti's disciples feature in the audience for Prof. Challenger's lecture in `The Geology of Morals'--but Palmer insists that the formal problems they engaged with have many overlaps with Deleuze's major philosophical concerns. Deleuze's philosophy's main claim is that difference is primary to, rather than derivative of, identities. To say that two things differ from one another is to derive difference from similarity, but Deleuze's project involves inverting this view in order to see the world on the basis of a primary power of self-differentiating matter. This way of seeing the world uproots tradition and puts `shock' at the heart of semiotics. As for Henri Bergson, for Deleuze phenomena shock us into an encounter with the world. Deleuze attacks the framework of `representation' as a means of putting distance between us and the encounter and insulating us from the shock of the outside. This is why he has generally been characterized as bucking the linguistic turn suffusing the intellectual milieu in which he emerged. Language features as a philosophical problem for Deleuze precisely because his philosophy is one that seeks the immediacy of matter in its becoming. This informs his approach http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Convulsing Bodies: Religion & Resistance in Foucault by Mark D. Jordan (review)

symploke , Volume 23 (1) – Dec 31, 2015

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Book Notes Deleuze himself rarely mentioned the futurists--although Marinetti's disciples feature in the audience for Prof. Challenger's lecture in `The Geology of Morals'--but Palmer insists that the formal problems they engaged with have many overlaps with Deleuze's major philosophical concerns. Deleuze's philosophy's main claim is that difference is primary to, rather than derivative of, identities. To say that two things differ from one another is to derive difference from similarity, but Deleuze's project involves inverting this view in order to see the world on the basis of a primary power of self-differentiating matter. This way of seeing the world uproots tradition and puts `shock' at the heart of semiotics. As for Henri Bergson, for Deleuze phenomena shock us into an encounter with the world. Deleuze attacks the framework of `representation' as a means of putting distance between us and the encounter and insulating us from the shock of the outside. This is why he has generally been characterized as bucking the linguistic turn suffusing the intellectual milieu in which he emerged. Language features as a philosophical problem for Deleuze precisely because his philosophy is one that seeks the immediacy of matter in its becoming. This informs his approach

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Published: Dec 31, 2015

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