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Talk at Koc: ‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

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‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

just seen this: Monday 5 Nov. 2012 Koç University

Social Sciences Seminars: Marjorie Gracieuse

Author: CSSH
Time: 14:00
Location: CAS 134

‘Expressive bodies and imaging desire: Deleuze’s practical Spinozism’

Marjorie Gracieuse

The ethical gesture common to Spinoza and Deleuze is not only that of classifying images and concepts according to what they make us feel, see, think and do, but also that of promoting a new understanding of imagination, conceived as psycho-physical power both capable of hindering and intensifying our life. If imagination first determines our servitude, rendering us dependent on impressions and external causes, it is also the necessary step towards a more intense and enlightened life, for it signals the body’s intrinsic power to reinvest the traces of its impressions and develop a new comprehension of its perceptive and cognitive processes. This paper explores the ambivalent status of images in Deleuze’s philosophy in light of Spinoza’s theory of images in order to understand in what sense, for Deleuze, the act of creation, whether it be philosophical, scientific or artistic, is always to be conceived as an imaging act of resistance to the present of established values or clichés. Indeed, the desiring production that emanates from the passionate bodies that we are does not cease to disrupt the rigid codes and lines that make us believe in the apparent necessity of this world’s organisation. Not only does creation bear a visionary value that escapes any historical determinations and judgements of expertise, but it also signals, through its multiple cultural expressions, an inalienable potential of inner liberation common to all living bodies.

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Marjorie Gracieuse on November 5th, 2012. Dr. Gracieuse is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick, UK.


Written by rainerbroemer

November 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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