On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.


Miguel Abensour
Is there a proper way to use the voluntary servitude hypothesis?

The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

Filippo del Lucchese
The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

Warren Montag
Althusser and the Question of Origin
Hegel sive Spinoza

Jacques Rancičre
On the political and theoretical effects of Althusserian Marxism
Althusser's Lesson

Michael Löwy
Romanticism and Zivilisationskritik
Walter Benjamin

V. Desclaux, K. Diefenbach M. Dolar, D. Hoens, A. Kukuljevic,
Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan II
The impossible encounter

Michaela Ott
Reading Spinoza with Nietzsche
Deleuze's affective “thinking with”

Emiliano Battista, Vanessa Brito, Jack H. Fischer
Book presentation
Becoming major, becoming minor

Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

Lars T. Lih
The Unifying Theme of his Political Career
Lenin's Scenario of Class Leadership

Rodrigo Nunes
The politics of Badiou and Deleuze/ Guattari
Subject, event, separation

Rodrigo Nunes
Politics, poetics + popular culture in Brazilian cinema 1962-1979
'Stronger are the powers of the people' I

Thomas Seibert
Reading Badiou with and against his postmarxist contemporaries
Politics unbound

Kathrin Thiele
Nietzsche with Deleuze II
The thought of becoming

International conference
Becoming-major, becoming-minor

Marina Gržinić
Global capitalism, necropolitics and contemporary art

Roberto Esposito
The dispositif of the person

International Conference
Encountering Althusser

Conference material: schedule, abstracts, articles
Encountering Althusser

Antke Engel
Queer/ing Images of Sexuality and Economy
The Surplus of Paradoxes

Matteo Mandarini
Negri's encounter with Guattari: the elision of Lenin
Communists like us

Ruth Sonderegger
A cinematic diagnosis of biopolitics
The cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Christian Kerslake
The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

Luca Basso, Vittorio Morfino
A French Marx
The singular, the trans-individual and the common

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Cavaletti, Katja Diefenbach, Mark Purcell, Miguel Robles-Duran, Lukasz Stanek, Roemer van Toorn, Peter Trummer, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
State-space symposium no. 1
Biopolitics of scale

Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau
Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

Lecture of Tom Rockmore at the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam
Is Marx a Fichtean?

Martin Saar
Negri on Power
Political Spinozism

Steve Wright
The Refusal of Labor
Tronti's Legacy

Massimo De Angelis, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Anne Querrien
The production of commons, subjectivity and space
Communists like us

A. Auerbach, K. Diefenbach, S. Dillemuth, M. Vishmidt
The politics of bohemia

Maria Muhle
From Foucault to Rancičre
Politics, police and power

Manfred Hermes
Narrative strategies of subjectivisation in Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
In the figurative sense

Serhat Karakayali
On political hegemony and militant becoming: Gramsci and Deleuze
The poetics of knowledge

Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach
The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

Grahame Lock
The actuality of Althusser's thinking
Dictatorship of the proletariat as political science

Judith Hopf
The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

Raul Zelik
Notes on asymmetric warfare and governance
Sovereign police

Christian Kerslake

The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

- Lecture by Christian Kerslake PDF

The concept of immanence is central to the thought of Gilles Deleuze, but close inspection reveals the concept to be overdetermined. A genealogy is therefore necessary that separates out the different meanings of the concept of immanence, and isolates Deleuze’s specific contribution to the history of the concept. This paper begins by setting out three distinct conceptions of immanence:

1. An ontotheological, pantheistic conception, developed from Neoplatonism to Spinoza; 2. The concept of immanent critique developed by Kant; and 3. The project to ‘metacritically’ ground a new, post-Kantian Absolute found in Fichte, Hegel and Schelling.

My initial claim is that in his early work Deleuze attempts to combine each of these strands of thinking about immanence into a consistent picture. However, I will suggest that a number of factors force him to alter his conception of immanence in the post-1968 period.

First, developments by Lacanian thinkers associated with the Cahiers pour l’analyse (Jacques-Alain Miller and Alain Badiou) introduce new challenges for Deleuze’s project, both theoretically and politically. Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus is in part a response to this new wave of Lacanian-Althusserian thought, contending that the latter tendency mischaracterises the relation between capitalism and psychosis. Secondly and relatedly, Deleuze also pays increasing attention to the ‘immanent’ features of the development of capitalist society itself: its processes of ‘deterritorialization’ and its cycles of boom and bust. Thirdly, in works like 'What is Philosophy?' (1991) and ‘Immanence: A Life’ (1993), Deleuze further clarifies the relation between philosophy and immanence, distinguishing philosophy from scientific thought in its strict sense.

We will attempt to make sense of how Deleuze and Guattari relate the philosophy of immanence to utopia and revolution in their work of the 1990s. Can a philosophy of immanence really play a role in the overcoming of capitalism?

see also Christian Kerslake: "The vertigo of philosophy. Deleuze and the problem of immanence"


Christian Kerslake is Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, London.