Author Archives: Dave J. Allen

Herzog on transdisciplinary encounters

Great guest post from Lisa Herzog over at Digressions&Impressions. Here’s a choice nugget:

One important task of philosophers is to explore the contingency of so much that we take for granted. To do this, we need alternative perspectives. One way is to turn to the history of philosophy. Another is to turn to experiences from other cultures. This can mean intercultural encounters [...] but, sometimes the “culture” of a different academic discipline can already be quite eye-opening…

It strikes me that there’s something of a Deleuzian ethos at work here, or that this is one way in which embracing one interpretation of the ethos Deleuze encourages philosophers to adopt can yield something really productive: philosophy open to encounters with its outside.

Deleuze at the AS

Really exciting to hear talk of Deleuze in the Presidential Address of the Aristotelian Society! It’d be great if more analytic philosophers got interested in Deleuze – it would lead to some really interesting discussions, I think. :)

New publications from Urbanomic…

One from our Pete. :)

And Speculative Aesthetics, with contributions from Ray Brassier, Mark Fisher and Robin Mackay.

Warwick self-cultivation conference

The programme’s now available for the first conference of the Monash-Warwick project, ‘Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation’, and it looks great! Registration here.

Registration open for UCL conference on “Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture”

Programme available here. You can register here. Looks to be an interesting one!

Douglas Hofstadter on “the nature of categories and concepts”

Talk at Stanford.

Workshops and book on Deleuze and Guattari’s “Mille Plateaux”

Marc Ngui, “10,000 BC – paragraph 24″

Great project being organised at the moment by Jeff Bell, Henry Somers-Hall and James Williams. Here’s the blurb from the project’s blog:

While Deleuze’s collaborations with Guattari were the first work to receive critical attention in the English speaking world, this reception took place primarily through literature departments, and thus focused on the use that could be made of Deleuze and Guattari’s work to illuminate literary and art works rather than their philosophical significance. In the last decade, there has been a renewed interest in Deleuze’s work as a philosopher, with a recognition of the connections of Deleuze’s work to the history of philosophy, and an effort to relate his work to the broader philosophical tradition. This movement to develop a more philosophical understanding of Deleuze’s work has largely ignored his collaborations with Guattari, in reaction to the initial non-philosophical reception of this work. Nonetheless, Deleuze himself was clear that his collaborations with Guattari were still very much to be understood as works of philosophy, making the claim in What is Philosophy? that the proclaimed death of metaphysics is simply ‘idle chatter’. In Deleuze’s own account of his collaborations with Guattari, they represent a substantial advance over, and corrective to, his earlier work. In it, Deleuze rejects the earlier phenomenological aspects of his work to develop a more full-blown materialism. Reinvigorating the philosophical project of engaging with Deleuze’s later collaborations is therefore essential to clarify the limitations of the earlier work, and to ensure that, as Deleuze’s work is taken up into broader philosophical debates, his mature philosophical position is taken into account.

 A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy aims to provide a forum for the reconsideration of Deleuze and Guattari’s work, and to develop connections between established scholars and students working in this area. It involves a series of workshops on Deleuze and Guattari’s most important work, A Thousand Plateaus. Three workshops, each focusing on one aspect of A Thousand Plateaus, will be organised, each at a centre of Deleuze scholarship. A Thousand Plateaus is composed of fifteen plateaus, and each workshop will deal with a selection of these plateaus. Each speaker is an established Deleuze scholar, and the workshop will allow speakers to engage with the different perspectives of other speakers through a collaborative close reading of the texts. An edited collection based on these workshops will be published by Edinburgh University Press.

I thoroughly agree with the organisers’ suggestion that Deleuze scholarship serves to benefit from the attention of historians of philosophy, and philosophers more generally. And given that they’re no doubt right that A Thousand Plateaus has received less attention than, say, Difference and RepetitionLogic of Sense and Deleuze’s early historical studies, these workshops and the resulting edited collection stand to make a valuable contribution to our scholarly understanding of Deleuze’s, and Deleuze and Guattari’s, philosophy.

The first workshop is quite soon, 12th September, at the University of Dundee.

Looking forward to seeing this project bear fruit.