“Dark Deleuze”: A Glossary

Very interesting project on the dark Deleuze. Graham Harman is “dark” from reinforing the dimension of shadowy depth and esoteric élitism, Deleuze is dark in refusing the pure Platonic light and in affronting the shadow inside the cavern and befriending it. I have often commented on the plethora of negative prefixes in Deleuze’s texts (in-, a-, de-), which are the markers of the de-stabilisation of signification and of the emergence of new meanings. Such is the free play of interpretation. Harman condemns interpretation to the sensual, unreal, realm. Yet for Deleuze the sensual realm is that of intensity, and its pluralism of interpretation goes with his battle cry: “Everything must be interpreted in terms of intensity”.

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Those who knew Gilles Deleuze consistently note his firm commitment to joyful affirmation and his distaste for the ressentiment of negativity. Beatifying this sentiment, Deleuzians have established a whole canon of joy. But what good is joy in this world of compulsive positivity?

It is time to move from the chapel to the crypt. There is sufficient textual evidence to establish this counter-canon. And from it, we can create a glossary of the “Dark Deleuze.”

Joyous: Dark:
Our Task Create Conceptions Destroy Worlds
Substance Techno-Science Political Anthropology
Existence Genesis Transformation
Ontology Realism Materialism
Subjects Assemblages Un-becoming
Speed Acceleration Withdrawal

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