Pursuing joy with Deleuze: transcendental empiricism and affirmative naturalism as worldly practice

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Abstract

In this paper, I seek to extract what I call an empiricist mode of existence through a combined reading of two under-researched vectors of Gilles Deleuze's thought: his 'transcendental empiricism' and his 'affirmative naturalism'. This empiricist mode of existence co-positions Deleuze's empiricism and naturalism as pertaining to a stylistics of life which is ontologically experimentalist, epistemologically open, and immanently engaged in the world. That is, a processual praxis of demystification and organising encounters towards joy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-401
Number of pages8
JournalDeleuze and Guattari Studies
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Deleuze
  • naturalism
  • transcendental empiricism
  • joy
  • Hume
  • Lucretius
  • Spinoza
  • ethics
  • empiricism
  • affirmation
  • encounter
  • mode of existence

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