Intellectual Biography 2

In a prior post, to contextualise my responses to, and dissatisfactions with, the ATS project I gave a rapid sketch of part of my intellectual development, concentrating on those aspects that are convergent with ATS concerns: pluralist ontology, primacy of practices, polytheism of moods. But this is only part of the story, as I was simultaneously engaged with at least one other philosophical line of thinking, in terms of energies and intensities: a pluralist energetics. This was tied to a reading of Nietzsche that led me to take an interest in the various attempts at a Freudo-Marxist synthesis, as exemplified by Wilhelm Reich. Unfortunately, Reich, who is very interesting from this point of view, is full of dogmatic elements. It was only with the reworking of energy from a pluralist, polytheist point of view found in Jung and Hillman that I was able to overcome to my satisfaction these dogmatic elements and integrate energetics into a larger frame of reference. However I was still dissatisfied as in Jung and even in Hillman the social and economic aspects are underdevelopped. (Of course Hillman evolved a lot during the eighties and nineties, but I lost touch with his work during most of this period). Everything changed for me when I discovered Deleuze and Guattari in 1977. Their work combined all my preoccupations into an inspiring open-ended synthesis. In particular, their perspective did not negate the allegorical existential polytheism that I had been developping during the seventies (in fact their work is swarming with archetypes, but without the dogmatic biological basis that Jung tied them to, without the assumption of universality, and so without the presupposition that a closed list could be given. So a better designation would be « types ».). The « gods » were to be interpreted in terms of multiplicities, assemblages, becomings, affects and intensities. It was the shock of my encountering ANTI-OEDIPUS that led me to teach myself French, migrate to France, begin a Jungian analysis, and start to learn tai chi. This was a language and a set of concepts that brought together my mind, my body, and my soul.

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5 commentaires pour Intellectual Biography 2

  1. dmf dit :

    not sure how you feel about longer form writing but if you have a monograph in you on how these various streams and eddies come together for you I think you should give it a go. maybe even just an article for say Spring Archetypal Journal of such.


    • terenceblake dit :

      dmf, thanks for the links and kind comments. Work has begun again and I have had little time to read or write. It’s true I would like to write a book, and with this blog I am doing work on myself to see what I am capable of producing.


      • dmf dit :

        these things are here as long as you keep them, so please use them or not as life/interest allows.
        as someone who has been on a remarkably parallel road and had the pleasure of reading your work here I would certainly welcome your book and be glad to read along as you write if that would help.


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