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Marks and Affects: Deleuze, Guattari and Triangulation


 

Following Deleuze and Guattari, all that there are are marks (indices, vectors), and affects. Marks constitute directions, folds, affects institute degrees of power or intensity. This is simply a radicalization of Davidson’s triangulation, that of a shared world, others and self, that, brought to a non-subjectivist extreme. Involved is a panpsychic conception of knowledge, wherein all “marks” speak as differences in assemblage, assemblages that are both intensive and extensive. This is a world of knowledge as a form of doing. Apart from any representationalist directive, words become marks that indicate folds, rules of following and action. Reasons collapse back into causes.

 

 

[written December 24, 2006]

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