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Deleuze’s bodies, philosophical diseases and the thought of illness

Cull, LK (2014) Deleuze’s bodies, philosophical diseases and the thought of illness In: Wissen wir, was ein Körper vermag? Rhizomatische Körper in Religion, Kunst, Philosophie. transcript Verlag, Germany, pp. 185-198. ISBN 978-3-8376-2477-9

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Abstract

This essay considers both Deleuze’s philosophy of embodiment and his own body, the lived experience of which was shaped by long-term respiratory problems. It notes the recurring theme of ‘the breath of fresh air’ in Deleuze’s writings and goes on to suggest that Deleuze’s own concept of bodies – as becomings, as the sum of their affects and as that which forces us to think – functions as just such an opening to ‘the outside’ in relation to dominant discourses on the body (particularly the ‘philosophical diseases’, as Deleuze calls them, of Platonism and Cartesianism). Finally, the essay returns to the question of ill-health, Deleuze’s affirmation of which is understood not as an affirmation of asceticism, but as part of a new way of thinking health, bodies and thought beyond their traditional humanist and anthropocentric formulations.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts
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Cull, LKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 November 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords : Deleuze, health, the body, embodiment, illness, performance philosophy, philosophy
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Additional Information : © 2014 transcript Verlag, Bielefeld. This text was published as Cull, L, Deleuze’s bodies, philosophical diseases and the thought of illness, in: Arno Böhler, Krassimira Kruschkova, Susanne Valerie Granzer (Hg.) ed(s), Wissen wir, was ein Körper vermag? Rhizomatische Körper in Religion, Kunst, Philosophie, transcript Bielefeld, 2014. The text is posted here by permission of transcript Verlag for personal use only, not for redistribution.
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Date Deposited : 15 Dec 2015 12:28
Last Modified : 15 Dec 2015 14:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809330

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