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Pursuing Joy with Deleuze: Transcendental Empiricism and Affirmative Naturalism as Wordly Practice

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-401
JournalDeleuze Studies
Issue number3
Early online dateJul 2018
E-pub ahead of printJul 2018

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In this paper, I seek to extract what I call an empiricist mode of existence
through a combined reading of two under-researched vectors of Gilles
Deleuze’s thought: his ‘transcendental empiricism’ and his ‘affirmative
naturalism’. This empiricist mode of existence co-positions Deleuze’s
empiricism and naturalism as pertaining to a stylistics of life which is
ontologically experimentalist, epistemologically open, and immanently
engaged in the world. That is, a processual praxis of demystification and
organising encounters towards joy.

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