DESONANCE: DESONATING (WITH) DELEUZE by Zafer Aracagök (VDM Verlag, 2009)


This collection of essays claims to be opening up Deleuze (and Guattari)’s thought to new paths by way of scrutinising the place of the concept of “resonance” both in contemporary continental philosophy, and particularly, in Deleuze’s works. One essay after another, the author develops a critique of Deleuze’s use of the concept of “resonance” towards a new concept, “desonance,” which has serious implications for the urgency of a reconsideration of Deleuze’s and continental philosophy’s relationship to the Kantian question of the “immediate.”

The main question directed to Deleuze is whether there is something else which puts the Deleuzian “resonance” into resonance? Informing Deleuze’s reading of Duns Scotus, Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Lacan, and quantum theory, this question, as the author discusses, leads to a question of the “first” and thus creates various problems for Deleuze’s theorisation of the immediate and the event. Responding to this difficulty, Aracagök elaborates his concept of “desonance” with respect to quantum theory less to offer a solution to a huge problem than to preserve the “problematic” as a problem as Deleuze himself would have put it. 

1. Introduction
2. On Rhythm, Resonance and Distortion
3. Noise on Noise
4. Refraining from the Refrain
5. Decalcomania, Mapping and Mimesis
6. Desonance

Dr. Zafer Aracagök is an academic/musician who teaches art theory and continental philosophy at Bilgi University, Istanbul TR. He will be organising “Resonances: A Deleuze and Guattari Conference on Philosophy, Arts and Politics” at Bilgi Univ. in 2010 with a special Deleuze and Guattari issue he will be editing for Parallax (Routledge) in 2011.

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