Contents: Coldness and cruelty I by Gilles Deleuze -. Venus in furs I by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch was born in in Lemberg,. Galicia. He was of Slav. Both of Gilles Deleuze’s texts on masochism, ‘s “From Sacher-. Masoch to Masochism” and ‘ s “Coldness and Cruelty,” reflect a certain ambiguity – or at . the novels of Sacher-Masoch is one more often associated with Lacan’s sometime elty (), Deleuze revisits the literary works of Sacher-Masoch and the.

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Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

However, precisely for this reason, it is also one of his most difficult books, dealing as it does with two age-old, overdetermined philosophical topics, identity and time, and with the nature of thought itself. For Deleuze, however, the history of maspch also embraces a much more active, constructive sense.

The polemical basis of Nietzsche’s work, for Deleuze, is directed at all that would separate force from acting on its own basis, that is, from affirming itself. Such a point of view hardly seems consistent with a radical construction of concepts, and an essential pragmatism: I read it in one sitting and need to read it again.

Above all, however, the concept must not be confused with the proposition, as in logic WP ff. Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art.

There is a sense of both destiny and theology in the concept of time as a circle, as a succession of instants which are governed by an external law. The question “Why do people hug their chains? This text involves arguments about three central notions: But I read Sade recently, and as of today I’m still married, so it was time to find out just how much of a Masochist I must be.

Riveting and of course at times more then a little terrifying. Deleuze uses the term ‘anti-logos’ on the grounds that Proust, as he argues, refuses the representational model of experience central to Western philosophy:. All of Deleuze’s work on artists can be assembled under the rubric of the creation of new philosophical concepts that relate specifically to the work at hand, yet which also link these works with others more generally.

Deleuze insists on this point because he sees Spinoza bypassing an important illusion of subjectivity: He argues not only that there are conflicts between the activity of the faculties, and thus between the first two Critiquesa moot point in reading Kant, but that the Critique of Judgement solves this problem already a controversial perspective by positing a genesis of free accord between the faculties deeper than their conflicts. Deleuze considers there to be three primary theoretico-practical points in the Ethics: Thus the works that Deleuze studies are seen by him as inspirational, but also as a resource, from which the philosopher can gather the concepts that seem the most useful and give them a new life, along with the force to develop new, non-preexistent concepts.


An example is Descartes’ celebrated phrase at the beginning of the Discourse on the Method:. Once again, in Nietzsche, we are confronted with the problem of considering a philosopher who is generally considered to be quite foreign to the tradition of empiricist thought, as an empiricist.


While there are elements of the fold already in Leibniz and the architecture and art of the period, as Deleuze points out Nit gains a new consistency and significance when used as ,asoch creative term in this manner.

Thought-provoking, stimulating and at times humorous. Such a history would have us believe that empiricism is above all the doctrine that whatever knowledge that we possess is derived from the senses and the senses alone – the well-known rejection of innate ideas. An image of thought called philosophy has been formed historically and it effectively stops people from thinking.

Sep 15, Islam Khatib added it. With the great truths of Western culture put so deeply in question by the before unimaginable methods employed and their forthcoming results, the sensory-motor apparatus of the movement-image are made to tremble before the unbearable, the too-much of life’s possibilities, the potential of the present C2 This is why Sacher-Masoch has no obscenity: Deleuze thus provides a reading of Leibniz that strikes the reader as eccentric and certainly at odds with the traditional approach, and yet which holds to both the text in all his historical studies, Deleuze cites quite exhaustivelyand to the new direction that he is working in.

N 88; WP 7 One can see that such a definition of empiricism differs sharply, at least apparently, from the traditional understanding canonised by Anglo-American histories of philosophy.

Parnet suggests a topic for each letter of the alphabet, and Deleuze’s answers, in most cases, are both deleuzee and revealing. The dialectic, in its general movement, takes specific differences, differences-in-themselves, and negates their individual being, on the way to a “superior” unity.

In Proust and SignsFrancis Baconand the Cinema books, Deleuze attempts to develop a systematic approach of classifying different signs.

In his early works in the history of philosophy, culminating with The Logic of SenseDeleuze expresses an essentially critical model of philosophy. WP 2 The philosopher’s only business is concepts, Deleuze and Guattari tell us, and the concept belongs only to philosophy WP Jun 12, Oriana rated it really liked it Shelves: Spinoza is the Christ of philosophers, and the greatest philosophers are masohc more than apostles who distance themselves from or draw near to this mystery.


The final model of time that Deleuze proposes attempts to make repetition itself the form masocu time. Deleuze’s first mssoch is entitled Cinema dwleuze In “Coldness and Cruelty”, Deleuze also elaborates a critique of Freud jasoch points in the direction of Anti-Oedipusalthough clearly more limited in scope. The question of the subject is resolved by Hume, according to Deleuze, by the creation of a number of key concepts: The superiority of delwuze third understanding of repetition as time has two main impetuses in Deleuze’s argument.

If only what differs returns, then the eternal return operates selectively DR ; PIand this selection is an affirmation of difference, rather than an activity of representation and unification based on the negative, as in Hegel.

The point is that human forces aren’t on their own enough to establish a dominant form in which man can install himself. Here, Deleuze goes his own way, haphazardly builds his own conceptual approach, deleue is very humble and restrained in the material he covers. Zone Books, New York b.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs by Gilles Deleuze

Up until Kant, time was subject to the events that took place within it, time was a time of seasons and habitual repetition see 3 c above ; it was not able to be considered on its own, but as a measure of movement C2 ; KCP iv. Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, seeks to develop and explain Masoch’s “peculiar way of ‘desexuali In his stunning essay, Coldness and Cruelty, Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of the late 19th-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

The traditional image of thought has developed, just as Nietzsche argues about the development of morality in The Genealogy of Moralsas a reaction to the threat that these encounters offer. Spinoza is without a doubt the philosopher most praised and referred to by Deleuze, often with words that are rarely a part of philosophical writing. One of the easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by itself.