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Deleuze and Politics$
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Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632879

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.001.0001

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Molecular Revolutions: The Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze

Molecular Revolutions: The Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze

(p.54) Chapter 3 Molecular Revolutions: The Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze
Deleuze and Politics

Isabelle Garo

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the way in which Deleuze's thought engages with the principle elements of French left-wing thought and action: the analysis of economic and social reality, and the relation to Marx and Marxism. It argues that Deleuze's claim that everything is political does not extend the domain of political thought in a useful and effective fashion, but rather leads to its dispersion and eventual nullity because it cancels out its specificity. The chapter charges Deleuze with vitalism, arguing that terms such as ‘flow’, which form the core of his ontology, blur the necessary distinctions between the different dimensions of the real. There is a fundamental problem at the heart of Deleuze's thought which has too long been overlooked, and that is the way his conception of politics seems to disable in advance any attempt at collective praxis.

Keywords:   left-wing thought, Marxism, political thought, vitalism

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