Lopettakaamme puhe tuomiosta / Halu ja nautinto

Let us Talk no More of Judgment / Desire and Pleasure

Gilles Deleuze is a French philosopher who committed suicide in 1995. Let us talk no more of judgment is a translation into Finnish of an article published in Critique et clinique in 1993, where Deleuze takes a strong stand against judgment and judging, identifying their history with the history of Western thought. Deleuze also introduces five thinkers who differed from this tradition: Spinoza, Nietzsche, Lawrence, Kafka and Artaud, who never ceased to fight against judgment. According to Deleuze, it is fight that presents us a way of getting rid of judgment. To fight is to create, to judge is to repress creation. Consequently, the doctrine of judgment must be replaced by a new doctrine of sensualism, where beings are not judged but touched, with the purpose of determining whether they suit us or not, whether they will bring us strength or plunge us into the misery of war. Desire and pleasure is not an article, but Deleuze's letter to his friend, Michel Foucault. In it, Deleuze sets to clarify the differences and similarities of opinion between Foucault and himself, particularly as concerned the latter's book, La Volonté de Savoir and his concept of the dispositif of power as a positive constituent of truth. Deleuze sets against this concept his own idea of "the compositions of desire". He also claims to be amazed by the positive value given to pleasure by Foucault. For Deleuze, pleasure interrupts the process of the immanence of desire. Pleasure seems to take the side of "judgment". These two very different types of texts seem to contain the same message.

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