Thursday, August 30, 2007

Another Draft chapter from Shaviro

Steven Shaviro has posted another draft chapter from his forthcoming book, and can be found here.

The focus of the chapter is on Deleuze and A.Whitehead's emphasis on creativity, novelty, innovation, and the new, which is at the centre of both their philosophical speculation. As with most of Shaviro's chapters I've read so far he tries (convincingly) to argue Deleuze and Whitehead's philosophy needs to be understood from Kant and the emergence of post-Kantian philosophy. This is clear from one of his footnotes, which expresses 'I am arguing, however, for a more generous reading of Kant - one that is warranted by the overall pattern of Deleuze's borrowing from, and criticisms, of Kant' (p13).

The only (slight) concern from this, and other, chapters is the omission of references to Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus. I only mention this because Shaviro goes into great detail about Deleuze's ontology, but never, from my knowledge, discusses Deleuze's machinic ontology. Reading other Deleuzians, especially Manuel DeLanda, they appear to erase Anti-Oedipus, putting it down to the 'bad' influence of Guattari, which was sorted out and corrected for A Thousand Plateaus. I feel this could be a worrying trend as it risks Anti-Oedipus being marginalised from a Deleuzian image of thought.

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