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A Suicide And The Politics Of Affirmative Life

Twenty-five years later, Deleuze has become more of a contemporary for us. He foresaw the new techniques of power: networks of data as the vital arteries of ‘control societies’.

A Suicide And The Politics Of Affirmative Life
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A Suicide And The Politics Of Affirmative Life
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2020-12-10T00:46:12+05:30

Is a philosopher’s suicide a ‘historical’ event, whose proximity can be measured chronologically by anniversaries? A quarter of a century has passed since Gilles Deleuze ended his life from the window of his Paris apartment. He was suffering from an acute respiratory ailment for years and had recently had a tracheostomy. There was nothing dramatic about his end: no suicide note, no statement to the world. A few months earlier, his conversations with Claire Parnet, held on condition that they will be aired only after his death, were telecast in what was perhaps his only app­earance on television. When permitting this, he said: “Considering my actual state, it is a little bit as if I were already gone.” His voluntary exit from the world a few months later, far from a complaint or lament, seemed like an act of affirmation, exp­ressed as the flight from a life which was no longer alive.

Twenty-five years later, Deleuze has perhaps become more of a contemporary for us than when he was alive. He was of course known and read in the Anglophone...

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