Sunday, June 19, 2022

Ninth Series of the Problematic

 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.

The Dynamics of a Parti-cle . Lewis Carroll LSD quote. Events relate with each other in series in The Event. The paradoxical element as the locus of a question. Difference of problem and question and how they relate to each other. Example of James Joyce grounding the Problematic with the Inquisitory. "The question is developed in problems, and the problems are enveloped in a fundamental question."

Monday, June 13, 2022

Eight Series of Structure

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.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Seventh Series of Esoteric Words

This chapter from Logic of Sense by Gilles Deleuze categorizes different dualities of series using examples from Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll. Looks at esoteric words that make connections or runs through between series. The word snark from Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark represents the blank word that circulates between the series of consumptions (bodies) and the series of propositions, or the series of denotations and expressions. Examines portmanteau words and their relationship with the disjunctive synthesis. References Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.