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Deleuze, critique, and the problem of judgement

Tynan, Aidan ORCID: 2011. Deleuze, critique, and the problem of judgement. Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 1 (2) , pp. 51-64.

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The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze is often regarded as pre-critical, pursuing a pure metaphysics in the classical (pre-Kantian) sense. However, a closer inspection of Deleuze‟s work shows a complex engagement with the critical tradition. This article examines this engagement, and suggests that, where Kant failed to follow the consequences of his own „critical revolution‟ Deleuze urges us forward, via the force of affirmation, towards its fullest realization. In this respect, I argue, affirmation and critique are not incompatible, and it would be a mistake for us to read the political intervention of Anti-Oedipus as merely affirmationist. This would be to ignore the fact that Deleuze and Guattari wish to suggest, through their notion of desiring production, a new means of evaluation beyond the capitalistic system of exchange from which psychoanalysis failed to extricate itself. This involves freeing judgement as a power of thinking from those constraints which are entirely illegitimate from the standpoint of a properly realized critique.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
ISSN: 2069-9271
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