[D-G] Concepts seen as functions (malgosia askanas)

Cain, Prof. Jeffrey P. CainJ at sacredheart.edu
Sat Jul 30 07:00:44 PDT 2011

Nice to think about this thread a bit more.  Joan, I do have a question--if a concept could move from one plane of immanence to another, this implies multiple planes of immanence, which seems to me to pose at least some challenge to univocity. Or in other words, I'm not following the move from the first part of your post to the second :-)  Quite possibly this is my own fault, but I wonder if you could write a bit more about it.



Jeffrey P. Cain, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English HC221A
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, Connecticut 06825

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Subject: Re: [D-G] Concepts seen as functions (malgosia askanas)


If concepts are specific to philosophy (as percepts are to art,
functions to science),
and the making of them define the practice of philosophy, they are
singularities (not
universalities) that always attach themselves to other concepts on a
plane of immanence.
Somehow, concepts can jump from one plane (of immanence) to another,
attach themselves
to other concepts and by doing so, become-Other.

Plane of Immanence means existing within (not without, not
Transcendent), but since Deleuze
denies Transcendence (a divine or metaphysical outside),  he claims
the plane of immanence
to be pure, unqualified, smooth space without division (no inside-
outside), and hence his quote,

" It is only when immanence is no longer immanence to anything other
than itself that we can
speak of a plane of immanence."

Kind of like my neighbours who smoke around the clock and spill their
class A carcinogens
into my breathing space such that even when I step outside, I am
breathing their air. NO inside-outside.
The smooth space of cancer, formless, self-organizing, no longer self-
contained field of air but the
collapsed or flattened plane of your air = my air, or to rephrase, a
plane (cloud?) of carcinogenic consistency
that has no universal or transcendent notion of "clean". Instead, only
movements of air and relations of
movements (they smoke at 5 am, 7am, 9 am) and speeds or slownesses
(the wind delivers it faster or slower
to my lungs and through cracks in electrical outlets, air vents, door
frames). Leaving me with only
haecceities, affects, collective assemblages of their toxic air
becoming my air; this plane knows
only longitudes and latitudes (the geography of second hand smoke),
speeds and haeceities,
this plane of consistency (knowing they will addictively smoke again
to fill my space).

However, much as I try not to think about it, this plane is a
wordless cloud without
cessation. NO letter 'a' t/here.


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