'Deleuze.... Empiricism...'


I have always felt that I am an empiricist . . . [My empiricism] is derived from the two characteristics by which Whitehead defined empiricism: the abstract does not explain, but must itself be explained;

and the aim is not to rediscover the eternal or the universal, but to find the conditions under which something new is produced (creativeness).
(D vii; cf. N 88; WP 7)

From __ Mike Johnduff 's Blog : Working Notes_____________ notes on philosophy,

literary criticism, and theory ~.

In the beginning of Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze has an absolutely genius comment about empiricism, that brings out with unbelievable exactitude everything that Nietzsche saw in it as to its immense power to lead one towards an affirmation of difference beyond all sameness or identity--that is, a thought of representation not as a function of the present or of presence,

but of difference (expressed in the re-):

A book of philosophy should be in part a very particular species of detective novel, in part a kind of science fiction. By detective novel, we mean that concepts, with their zones of presence, should intervene to resolve local situations. They themselves change along with the problems. They have spheres of influence where, as we shall see, they operate in relation to "dramas" and by means of a certain "cruelty."

They must have a coherence among themselves, but that coherence must not come from them selves. They must receive their coherence from elsewhere.

This is the secret of empiricism. Empiricism is by no means a reaction against concepts, nor a simple appeal to lived experience. On the contrary, it undertakes the most insane creation of concepts ever seen or heard. Empiricism is a mysticism and a mathematicism of concepts, but precisely one which treats the concept as an object of an encounter, as a here-and-now, or rather as an Erewhon from which emerge inexhaustibly ever new, differently distributed "heres" and "nows."

Only an empiricist could say concepts are indeed things, but things in their free and wild state, beyond "anthropological predicates."

I make, remake and unmake my concepts along a moving horizon, from an always

decentered center, from an always displaced periphery which repeats and

differenciates them...

-Difference and Repetition, xx-xxi.

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