This inseparability of reason and passion is by no means an anti-intellectualist or irrationalist stance. Rather, it is critical, since it protects reason from its self-imposed stupidity (bêtise) by relating it to the unthought forces that condition it. And it is clinical, because thought becomes possessed by a power of selection. The purely active, i.e. free-floating, unrecorded desire, is never enough to produce a consistent relation to the future, which is why we need the passions to give us an initial orientation, to force and enable us to think. Passions are the beliefs, perceptions, representations, and opinions that attach us to the world; they make up the very material of which our lives and thoughts are composed.
Instead of truth as the ultimate criterion of judgment, the only principle according to which affective becomings can be selected and evaluated is the extent to which they proliferate joy. Spinoza and Marx show how the recruitment of desire traditionally takes place through the tyrants and priests who inspire sad passions in us. Similarly, the work of Deleuze and Guattari on capitalism and schizophrenia can be read as an encyclopedia of the passions that constitute the affective infrastructure of the socius of contemporary capitalism. If it takes a lot of inventiveness or imagination to be able to diagnose our present becomings, this is because becomings are always composites of joyful and sad passions. Capitalism could not exist if it did not also inspire happiness, love, courage, and perhaps even beatitude. That is why, today, we witness "the spectacle of the happily dominated" (Frédéric Lordon) of the self-entrepreneur, the managerial class, the flex worker, the citizen-consumer, the bean-roasting hipster, and the self-managed team.
It is within this field of contradictory and heterogeneous passions that the authors of this volume pursue the diagnosis of our past and present becomings. Their contributions add up to a systematic taxonomy of the passions and indicate their importance for a thinking that reaches beyond itself.
TABLE OF CONTENTS //
Ceciel Meiborg & Sjoerd van Tuinen
"Everywhere There Are Sad Passions": Gilles Deleuze and the Unhappy Consciousness
To Have Done with the Judgment of 'Reason': Deleuze's Aesthetic Ontology
Closed Vessels and Signs: Jealousy as a Passion for Reality
The Drama of Ressentiment: the Philosopher versus the Priest
Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Affective Economy: Producing and Consuming Affects in Deleuze and Guattari
Deleuze's Transformation of the Ideology-Critique Project: Noology Critique
Passion, Cinema and the Old Materialism
Death of Deleuze, Birth of Passion
David U.B. Liu
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About the Author
Sjoerd van Tuinen is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he coordinates the Centre for Art and Philosophy (CAP). He is editor of several books, including Deleuze Compendium (Boom, 2009), Deleuze and The Fold: A Critical Reader (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), De nieuwe Franse filosofie (Boom, 2011), Speculative Art Histories (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2016), and The Polemics of Ressentiment (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017). He has also authored Sloterdijk: Binnenstebuiten denken (Klement, 2004).