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Affect and attention after Deleuze and Whitehead : ecological attunement

Author: Russell J Duvernoy
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2021] ©2021
Series: New perspectives in ontology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues for value of responsible speculative thinking in the context of crisis. Investigates intersections between Gilles Deleuze and Alfred North Whitehead. Situates the development of process ontologies in the lineage of radical empiricism and compares this to other contemporary speculative ontologies. Compares Whiteheadean feeling to Deleuze and Guattari's Spinozist-inspired deployment of affect. Identifies three  Read more...
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Named Person: Gilles Deleuze; Alfred North Whitehead; Gilles Deleuze; Alfred North Whitehead
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell J Duvernoy
ISBN: 1474466915 9781474466912
OCLC Number: 1183424175
Description: x, 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Attention, feeling and psychic ecology --
A speculative concept: ecological attunement --
Statement of purpose --
pt. I Process Metaphysics and Ecological Attunement --
1. Motivating Metaphysics: From Radical Empiricism to Process --
Risking the speculative: on problems and beginnings --
Attending to the bifurcation of nature --
Pure experience as series and events --
Realism and asubjective experience --
2. Individuation and Attunement: Identities in Process --
Constructing a problem: individuality at the intersection of the abstract and existential --
Three theses on individuation in process thinking --
3. Feeling as Creation: Affect and Tertiary Qualities --
Perspectival realism and primary-secondary-tertiary qualities --
Subjective aim and intensity --
Attention, attunement and becoming-imperceptible? --
4. Attention, Openness and Ecological Attunement --
Two forms of passage and subjective attention --
Subject as society: openness and stability --
`Lines of flight' and paradoxes of normativity --
pt. II Applied Metaphysics and Existential Implications --
5. Attention, Equivalence and Existential Territories --
Existential territories and psychic ecologies --
The infiltration of equivalence: from exchange to axiology --
Attention as ontological and counter habits --
6. The Risks of Affect --
The double bind of ecological attunement --
Attunement and affect: vitality before world --
Tertiary qualities and Self/Other --
Janus-faced time: selection and orientation in ecological attunement --
Conclusion: Fabulation and Epoch(s) to Come --
Implications for ecological attunement --
Fabulation and imagination as affirmative resistance.
Series Title: New perspectives in ontology.
Responsibility: Russell J. Duvernoy.

Abstract:

Argues for value of responsible speculative thinking in the context of crisis. Investigates intersections between Gilles Deleuze and Alfred North Whitehead. Situates the development of process ontologies in the lineage of radical empiricism and compares this to other contemporary speculative ontologies. Compares Whiteheadean feeling to Deleuze and Guattari's Spinozist-inspired deployment of affect. Identifies three points of potential divergence between Deleuze and Whitehead: the status of temporal discontinuity or continuity, the relation between Deleuze's "virtual" and Whitehead's "eternal objects", and the question of lived value, thematized through a discussion of what Deleuze calls the "beautiful soul". Russell Duvernoy develops 'resonances' between the metaphysics of Whitehead and Deleuze with regard to effects on attention and affect. The implications of these lead to an altered existential orientation, described by Duvernoy as ecological attunement. This original concept suggests that attention is ontologically creative, not just passively receptive, and feeling and affect are ontologically prior to the consolidation of lived subjectivity. The combined effects of these speculative claims cut deeply against the grain of prevailing habits with regard to subjectivity. Though these results are resolutely speculative, they unfold amidst intensifying ecological crisis and accompanying social, political and existential turbulence. What does it mean to pursue speculative thinking in this context? How do metaphysical concepts inform our lives and how might different concepts lead to different ways of life? Drawing on recent work by Massumi, Stengers, Debaise and Williams, this study explores their work in relation to other speculative trends in recent philosophy, including new materialisms, posthumanisms, speculative realism and object-oriented-ontology

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