Gilles Deleuze

Advanced—Fall

“Perhaps, one day, this century will be known as Deleuzian,” said Michel Foucault in 1970. A centurian microfable thrown together in Deleuze’s words: “Clarity endlessly plunges into obscurity.” “The intelligence always comes after; it is good when it comes after; it is good only when it comes after.” “This is the powerful, nonorganic Life which grips the world.” “Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter. What is encountered may be Socrates, a temple or a demon.” “Perhaps we are moving too fast.” “…we ‘approach’ the point of conversion, the point of transmutation that will establish our dominion, that will make us worthy of action, of active joys.” “Being exhausted is much more than being tired.” This seminar will examine the history of Deleuze's writings, as well as subsequent waves of Deuleuzians in the 20th and 21st centuries, in order to illuminate situations that motivated new ways of understanding ecology, technology, politics, and war.