Unfolding Life with Death: In Memoriam1

Deleuze and Guattari Studies 16 (1):136-156 (2022)
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This paper explores how affirming events rather than substances, and difference rather than identities, might affect how one responds to life's exigencies, in particular the act of choosing when to end the life of a dog that was a beloved companion. The paper addresses the concepts of the event and the time of Aion as they are presented in The Logic of Sense, and examines the resonances these concepts have with a notion of learning presented in Difference and Repetition and a notion of essence presented in Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza. The argument is made that Deleuze presents us with a notion of death that is a part of the creative unfolding of life, and that affirming events rather than substances and difference rather than identities can give us insight into practical questions about how to live one's life.

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Nietzsche and philosophy.Gilles Deleuze & Hugh Tomlinson - 1991 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 1:53-55.
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