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Deleuze on Habit

Deleuze on Habit Brian O’Keeffe Habits hook us into our sense of seco lf-nsistency: we sense life’s pattern as our habits stabilize time’s flux into predictable routine. To have habits is to set down a multiplicity of little anchors into that ux, fl each habit constituting a continuum of behavior persisting over time. Of course, too much routine can be a bad thing. But a life with no habits is no life at all, or else it is a fickle existence, unmoored and mercurial. A person without habits sticks at nothing. On the matter of habit, then, it is all about getting the balance right. In The Gay Scienc , N e ietzsche writes: Brief habits.—I love brief habits and consider them an invaluable means for getting to know many things and states down to the bottom of their sweet- nesses and bitternesses; my nature is designed entirely for brief habits [. . .]. Enduring habits, however, I hate, and feel as if a tyrant has come near me and the air around me is thickenin w g hen events take a shape that seems inevitably to produce enduring habits—for instance, owing to an official position, con- stant relations with the same http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

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Abstract

Brian O’Keeffe Habits hook us into our sense of seco lf-nsistency: we sense life’s pattern as our habits stabilize time’s flux into predictable routine. To have habits is to set down a multiplicity of little anchors into that ux, fl each habit constituting a continuum of behavior persisting over time. Of course, too much routine can be a bad thing. But a life with no habits is no life at all, or else it is a fickle existence, unmoored and mercurial. A person without habits sticks at nothing. On the matter of habit, then, it is all about getting the balance right. In The Gay Scienc , N e ietzsche writes: Brief habits.—I love brief habits and consider them an invaluable means for getting to know many things and states down to the bottom of their sweet- nesses and bitternesses; my nature is designed entirely for brief habits [. . .]. Enduring habits, however, I hate, and feel as if a tyrant has come near me and the air around me is thickenin w g hen events take a shape that seems inevitably to produce enduring habits—for instance, owing to an official position, con- stant relations with the same

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 11, 2016

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