Read preview Excerpt We often think of culture and cultural value as socially constructed. We no longer believe in timeless values or essences. We value Shakespeare because of the beliefs of our culture and institutions, but we can easily imagine societies where Hamlet either makes no sense or does not seem particularly worthy. It seems equally futile to imagine any other sorts of essences. We live our world through meanings and representations. Today, we tend to think that systems of signs or representation produce our world as meaningful or socially coded—such that it makes no sense to inquire how such codes or systems of representation emerged.
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Start your review of Understanding Deleuze Write a review Feb 17, Fergus rated it really liked it This is quite a decent intro to this marvellous writer - a thinker whose abstract though politically acute meanderings are now required reading in many of our colleges and universities.
A teacher, initially though he later soft-pedalled the fact of liberation. One of my good GR friends Lives for his writings! As I did in the years preceding retirement, when I needed all the breaths of fresh air I could hyperventilate on, in my suffocatingly stultifying, entrenchedly draconian workplace as a This is quite a decent intro to this marvellous writer - a thinker whose abstract though politically acute meanderings are now required reading in many of our colleges and universities.
As I did in the years preceding retirement, when I needed all the breaths of fresh air I could hyperventilate on, in my suffocatingly stultifying, entrenchedly draconian workplace as a senior middle manager.
The Phiilistines have stolen the Ark. Remember the book of Samuel? The children of Israel wanted a King, to replace the goodly and godly Judges who had previously ruled their country.
Samuel, of course, would choose the godly cowherd David. The children of Israel, though, being at heart ungodly worshippers of Baal - remember the Golden Calf? And Samuel, the godly seer-elder, reluctantly agreed. Such was the divine right of kings. Cause might makes right.
People listen when Power talks. Well, today, the Philistines rule. And the Ark is gone. Things fall apart: the center will not hold - Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. So said Yeats. For THAT we have to watch and wait But where does that leave us? But now the good old days are gone. Not a wizard-worded prophet like Gilles Deleuze But a pure-minded idealist so immersed in innocence that that purity obviates the staggering power of the Threat that hangs over us all!
Who alone, perhaps, can save us from these foul fool-headed Philistines - Like David felled Goliath.