This chapter looks at the problem of paradoxes and the territory they cover. Paradoxes are opposed to good sense and common sense. Good sense is a unique sense bound by a demand of order to go in a particular direction. Discusses the attributes of good sense and common sense. Common sense is what allows identity and recognition. Examples from the paradoxical world of Wonderland and Alice show when she doesn't have good sense or common sense.The sense from paradox goes in two directions simultaneously comparable to the two directions of Time in the Aion with the present moment splitting and be simultaneously subdivided into the past and the future. This sense goes "in tandem." More examples from Alice and Through the Looking Glass. An obscure Stoic example of going in tandem from Cicero's Academia section 29:
Friday, August 5, 2022
Saturday, July 30, 2022
In this Zen koan-like chapter, Deleuze posits a mode of co-presence of nonsense with sense. Sense doesn't come from the heights or the depths, God or Man, but rather inheres upon the surface, the border between the series of language and the series of bodies or things. Nonsense connects with the paradoxical element, the aleatory point, also called the empty square, that constantly circulates between these two series. Sense gets produced by this circulation of nonsense. Nonsense has no sense, but provides a donation of sense such that nonsense is opposed to the absence of sense.Two figures of nonsense, regressive synthesis and disjunctive synthesis. Both get demonstrated by Lewis Carroll's esoteric words. A nonsensical word like Snark is a word that communicates it's own sense. It's a word that appears both a word and a thing. This is regressive synthesis. Disjunctive synthesis occurs in portmanteau words where the virtual word of one part communicates the sense of the virtual word of the other part and vice versa.
Sunday, July 17, 2022
The Ideal Game provides a model for talking about thought, events, chance and the two readings of time as known by the Stoics: Chronos - the time of the present, and the Aion, the time of elongated pasts and futures. The Ideal Game has no rules, the rules change with every move, no winners or losers and it affirms and ramifies chance. The Aion is the ideal player of the game. Ordinary games divide an apportion chance. They have rules based on hypotheses.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Member of the NEW TRAJECTORIES WEBRING
"The Vietnam War had been punishing in ways to all Unistaters, but Case, embroiled in the center of it, experienced it as very bad TV. It was like the film had stuck and Moe kept jabbing his finger in Curley's eye, over and over in infinite regress, until the myth and metaphor had turned meaningless through redundance. If the war wasn't that, it was sloppy editing or just plain bad taste."
Monday, July 4, 2022
In this series Deleuze sets forth his transcendental field of impersonal, pre-individual singularities, the basis of how things come into existence. Singularities, events and sense appear synonymous terms. Singularities correspond to the heterogenous series which form systems. Potential energy is the energy of the pure event whereas forms of actualization correspond to the realization of the event. Sense haunts the surface. Compares his transcendental field to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Fourth Person Singular which comes from his poem To the Oracle at Delphi thus alluding to the magical nature of this field.
Deleuze also compares his transcendental field to Nietzsche's Dionysian will to power, power in the sense of the ability to act/create, not political power. Nietzsche made the groundless speak.
Sunday, June 19, 2022
What is the ideal event? Different kinds of singularities. Singularities as inflection or turning points as demonstrated in the structure of The Logic of Sense. Events as singularities. "Events are ideal." Reversing Platonism by substituting events for essences. The problematic is the mode of the event. Requires a new relationship between mathematics and humans. Lewis Carroll's recreational mathematics.
Monday, June 13, 2022
Describes the structure of how sense gets produced as well as providing a clue to the structure of the book. Defines structuralism according to Claude Levi-Strauss: the dual series of signifier and signified and the paradoxical element - the empty place - that circulates between the two series allowing them to communicate. Looks at the dual series of language/knowledge, society/primitivism, political & economic totalities/technical progress, totalitarianism/reformism. Defines the terms of a series as singularities. Defines experiential structure as that which enables you to get from where you are to where you want to be.The wikipedia article on Claude Levi-Strauss gives some background and context to Deleuze's remarks and quotes from him.