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The political ontology of the diagram

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Title: The political ontology of the diagram
Author: Dixit, Milap
Advisor: Wright, Kathleen
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Philosophy
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The numerous spatial concepts used by Gilles Deleuze are understood not as a series of arbitrary metaphorical figures but as operative thought-figurations that can be turned back “outside” to rethink actual space. This paper begins by situating the concept of the diagram in the context of Deleuze’s basic ontology. It is argued that the diagram discovers the very being of becoming as rhythm, a transcendental consistency prior to conceptual distinctions of space and time. This is followed by an extended reading of one of Deleuze’s own diagrams of the production of subjectivity. The diagram becomes an experiment in making thought adequate to the affective landscape that both exceeds and constitutes the phenomenological horizon. Taking Walter Benjamin’s call to reinvent the “infrastructure of feeling” literally, the paper ends with a series of theses on how the thought of the diagram might be deployed to reconstitute existing affective regimes.
Subject: Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995 -- Contributions in ontology
Subject: Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995 -- Contributions in political science
Subject: Logic diagrams
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