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Title: Constructivism and language Deleuze's onto-logic of sense
Author: Collett , Guillaume
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis argues for a constructivist reading of Gilles Deleuze's early philosophy. In the introduction I outline why I consider Deleuze's philosophical project - from the 1950s to the 1990s - to centre on the problem of immanence (the "plane of immanence"), which for Deleuze is inseparable from its "construction" by various means, including language. The term "onto-logic" is used to capture this notion of immanence as constructed by language, and I claim that "univocal sense" is the name of this immanence during Deleuze' s 1960s works. In Part I, I then show in detail how Deleuze derives his conception of univocal sense from the work of - principally - Nietzsche and Spinoza. I propose that Nietzsche's and Spinoza's critiques of the forms of Man and God are marshalled and transformed by Deleuze, offering a third alternative to the deadlock: either transcendental critique or pre-critical metaphysics. I also show that Deleuze's reading of Spinoza, and Bergson, entails a provisional dualism of Being and Thinking giving way to a monism, thanks to a constructivist "logic" of expression, which is where I locate the original site of Deleuze's "plane of immanence" . In Part Il, I extend this framework to the specific terrain of Deleuze's engagement with the structuralist paradigm - particularly in the guise of Lacanian psychoanalysis - in his texts from the late 1960s, especially The Logic of Sense. I show through detailed analysis how Deleuze constructs a theory of language in this text, a theory which uses the tools of structuralism and psychoanalysis to argue that - thanks to the psychoanalytic "phantasm" - corporeal bodies and the ideal propositional forms of language co-articulate to express univocal sense. The univocal sense expressed by the phantasm merges the dualism of bodies and language ~ Being and Thinking - which produced sense as their own surfaceeffect, a veritable case of Deleuzian immanence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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