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Habits, Nothing But Habits: Biological Time in Deleuze

Habits, Nothing But Habits: Biological Time in Deleuze Tano PosTeraro Habits, Nothing But Habits Biological Time in Deleuze Isn’t this the answer to the question “what are we?” We are habits, nothing but habits—the habit of saying “I.” Perhaps, there is no more striking answer to the problem of the Self. Gilles Deleuze, Empiricism and Subjectivi x ty This is a paper on habit. 1 Gilles Deleuze’s Dier ff ence and Repetition treats it as one of three syntheses constitutive of a temporal metaphysic. I suggest that it has yet to re- ceive the attention it deserves in its own right. Habit is, in Jay Lampert’s words, “not as well known” as one of Deleuze’s conceptions of time; and when it is discussed, it “is generally treated as a false or superficial notion of time that [the second syn- thesis of] co- exist ence is meant to replace” (Lampert 12). On such an account, Deleuze’s second synthesis of time is intended to supplant the first, and his third synthesis is intended to supplant the second. He is, in other words, delineating the nature of habit only in order move beyond it. The consequence of this kind of reading is, however, a lack in the secondary literature of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Habits, Nothing But Habits: Biological Time in Deleuze

The Comparatist , Volume 40 – Nov 11, 2016

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Tano PosTeraro Habits, Nothing But Habits Biological Time in Deleuze Isn’t this the answer to the question “what are we?” We are habits, nothing but habits—the habit of saying “I.” Perhaps, there is no more striking answer to the problem of the Self. Gilles Deleuze, Empiricism and Subjectivi x ty This is a paper on habit. 1 Gilles Deleuze’s Dier ff ence and Repetition treats it as one of three syntheses constitutive of a temporal metaphysic. I suggest that it has yet to re- ceive the attention it deserves in its own right. Habit is, in Jay Lampert’s words, “not as well known” as one of Deleuze’s conceptions of time; and when it is discussed, it “is generally treated as a false or superficial notion of time that [the second syn- thesis of] co- exist ence is meant to replace” (Lampert 12). On such an account, Deleuze’s second synthesis of time is intended to supplant the first, and his third synthesis is intended to supplant the second. He is, in other words, delineating the nature of habit only in order move beyond it. The consequence of this kind of reading is, however, a lack in the secondary literature of

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Published: Nov 11, 2016

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