Language, Subjectivity and Individuality

Halewood, Michael. 2007. Language, Subjectivity and Individuality. In: Keith Robinson, ed. Deleuze, Whitehead, Bergson : Rhizomatic Connections. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 45-60. ISBN 9780230517721 [Book Section]

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It is clear that within Deleuze and Whitehead’s work, there is an important re- description of the time, place and status of all subjectivity, a subjectivity which is not limited to the ‘human’. Both writers provide compelling reasons as to why, and how, contemporary analyses should avoid positing the human person as either an object or a subject. Rather, ‘human’ individuality is to be envisaged as an aspect within the wider, processual effectivity whereby the virtual becomes actual (Deleuze), or the solidarity of the extensive continuum becomes actualized into individuality (Whitehead). It may appear that I am eliding or confusing the distinction between subjectivity and individuality here. However, one of the arguments that I wish to set out in this chapter is that the validity and complexity of such a distinction can be helpfully re-thought through a sustained engagement with the work of Whitehead and Deleuze.

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