Gilles Deleuze: Experimenting with Intensities

The essays included in this volume were first presented in the 2004 Trent University  international  conference,  ‘Gilles  Deleuze:  Experimenting  with Intensities.’  The collection wants to address some of the  outstanding issues in Deleuzian scholarship and to be one more tribute to the  ‘stutterer,’ whose  rasping voice and rhizomatic writings do not, despite  the  passage of time, show signs of loosening their hold on our philosophical imagination. I am sure that I express the sentiments of everyone who has contributed to this volume as I acknowledge here our shared intellectual debt:  ‘Deleuze a ite notre maitre.’ While some of us will remember that these are the words Deleuze used once to express his own debt to Sartre, I feel even more comfortable in appropriating them as I begin to see how much the relationship that my colleagues and I have maintained with Deleuze resembles the one he had maintained with Sartre: our intellectual debt to him does not make us his disciples,  any more than his debt made him a  Sartrean. Never was  it more pertinent than it is  today to reiterate this thought. There are no Deleuzians;  there are only people using Deleuze-blocs and Deleuze diagonal lines of  transformation for the sake of  creating concepts in philosophy, sensations in the arts, and modes of  living in ethics and politics that are not necessarily (and sometimes not at all) Deleuze’s.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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