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Gilles Deleuze's Luminous Philosophy$
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Hanjo Berressem

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450713

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450713.001.0001

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Conclusion: White Light, White Life

Conclusion: White Light, White Life

(p.217) Conclusion: White Light, White Life
Gilles Deleuze's Luminous Philosophy

Hanjo Berressem

Edinburgh University Press

Shortly before his suicide, Deleuze writes “Immanence: A Life”; a short text that, like “The Actual and the Virtual,” has the feel of both testament and legacy. Unlike the former, however, it stresses the decomposition rather than the composition of crystals, and it proposes a purely transcendental plane of anonymous life; a purely virtual, white plane that lacks nothing, not even its actualization. Entering its pure glow is to enter the white-out of a fully virtual, non-actualized storm of light. However, as ‘a life is everywhere, in all the moments that a given living subject goes through’, this white life and white death are also part of actualized, refracted life. ‘Dying is the figure which the most singular life takes on in order to substitute itself for me’ Deleuze notes. In both life and death, to reach both philosophy’s and life’s luminous ‘point-at-infinity’ means to literally ‘step into the light.’

Keywords:   immanence, anonymous life, crystals, actualization, glow, white death, point-at-infinity, transcendental, virtual, actual

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