Rick Dolphijn

What Keeps On Mattering


For Gilles Deleuze, the activist-philosopher, the events of ’68 in Paris, cannot not just be seen as ‘an inspiration’ or ‘an example’ that continues to haunt him during his career. What happened in ’68, the shock to thought it realised, was in many ways his ‘non-carnal birth’… It gave birth to his thought, which has only grown more powerful since his unfortunate (carnal?) death. For Michel Serres, the scientist-philosopher, it was the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 that marked his philosophy: the moment science lost its innocence; the moment that dualist, Cartesian thought proved itself a complete fraud. In my talk I propose to discuss these births, as they happen only in philosophy and the arts, in order to show that they are not accompanied by a death. With references to Spinoza (the last part of the Ethics), and Stoic thought, my aim is to discuss ’the politics of persistence’ from a new materialist perspective. 


Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher. He teaches and researches at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. From 2017 to 2020 he will be Honorary Associate Professor at Hong Kong University (Hong Kong). He wrote Foodscapes: Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (Eburon/University of Chicago Press 2004) and New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press 2012, with Iris van der Tuin). He has recently published This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (edited by Rosi Braidotti, Brill/Rodopi 2014/5). He writes on contemporary, on art, theory and politics. Currently he is finishing a new monograph entitled Cracks of the Contemporary.

Introduction by Rick Dolphijn in ​Dolfijn, R. and Tuin, I. v/d, 2012. New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies. Imprint University of Michigan Library: Open Humanities Press. p 13-16 ​(en/cn)




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对于德勒兹这么一个激进的哲学家来说,1968年巴黎五月风暴不能仅仅被看作为一直萦绕在他生涯的“启蒙”或是“范例”事件。在1968年发生了什么,在它对思想界产生的震动是,在很多方面他的“非肉体诞生”…  这也促使了德勒兹思想的诞生,即从他不幸的(或是肉体的?)死亡以来这种思想才变得更加强大。对哲学家、科学家米歇荷塞来说,是1945年日本广岛的投放标志了他的哲学:科学失去了其清白的那一刻;二元论、笛卡尔思想被证明其完全是个骗局的时刻。在此次演讲中,我会讨论所谓这样的“诞生”,因为它们只发生在哲学和艺术中来表明其不会伴随死亡而终结。参考斯宾诺莎《伦理学》的最后部分和斯多葛学派的思想,我会从新唯物主义的角度讨论“坚持的政治”。



Rick Dolphijn 是一位写作者和哲学家。他在荷兰乌特勒支大学人文学科任教并做项目研究。在2017年到2020年期间他被聘为香港大学的荣誉副教授。他的书包括《食物景观:消费的德勒兹伦理学》(Eburon/芝加哥大学出版社 2004)以及与Iris Van der Tuin一起完成的《新唯物主义:访谈和梳理》(开放人文学科出版社 2012)。他最近刚发表了《德勒兹世纪:艺术、激进主义、生活》(由哲学家Rosi Braidotti编辑,Brill/Rodopi 2014/5)。他的写作涉及当代性、艺术、理论和政治学等方面。最近刚完成他的最新的学术论文《当代的裂缝》。

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