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Deleuze and the Naming of GodPost-Secularism and the Future of Immanence$
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Daniel Colucciello Barber

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686360

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686360.001.0001

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A Metaphilosophy of Immanence

(p.142) 5 Adorno
Deleuze and the Naming of God

Daniel Colucciello Barber

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 5 addresses the paradox generated by immanence’s dual sense as both ontological determination of production and historically determinate product, or as both affirmation of what is and creation of the new. It argues that if this dual sense of immanence does not find some manner of mediation, then immanence begins to function transcendently. An articulation of the mediation of immanence is found by drawing on Adorno’s claim that the experience of suffering must become a condition of thought, such that there emerges a zone of nonidentity between the conditioned (historically determinate experience of suffering) and the unconditioned (power to exceed what is given). This proposal is elaborated by way of a concept of metaphilosophy, which makes the expression of pre-existing thought’s complicity in suffering into the condition of possibility for creation.

Keywords:   Theodor Adorno, animals, Gilles Deleuze, immanence, mediation, metaphilosophy, nonphilosophy, senselessness, shame, suffering

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