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Affect and Attention After Deleuze and WhiteheadEcological Attunement$
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Russell J. Duvernoy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466912

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466912.001.0001

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Attention, Equivalence and Existential Territories

Attention, Equivalence and Existential Territories

(p.139) Chapter 5 Attention, Equivalence and Existential Territories
Affect and Attention After Deleuze and Whitehead

Russell J. Duvernoy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter draws on Deleuze’s distinction between practices of philosophy and science to articulate a philosophical concept of ecology. Because ecology is constitutively concerned with relations between unity and diversity, it is necessarily entangled with metaphysical questions. The chapter uses Félix Guattari’s framework of the three ecologies (psychic, social, and material) and Deleuze and Guattari’s “existential territories” to connect the metaphysical conception of subjectivity from the book’s first half to the idea of psychic ecology. Drawing on Guattari and Jean-Luc Nancy, the chapter explores how what Marx calls “equivalence” exceeds its initial operation as metric of exchange to also function in the production of predictable patterns of subjectivity. Equivalence as a value tacitly orders and constrains attention in manners that make behaviour predictable, making equivalence-prediction two modes of the same logic perpetuating capitalist subjectivity. This diagnosis opens the possibility of counter habits of attention in the service of contributing to the active creation of different futures.

Keywords:   Attention, Deleuze, Ecology, Equivalence, Félix Guattari, Integrated World Capitalism (IWC), Jean-Luc Nancy, Isabelle Stengers, Whitehead

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