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By J. Wallin

This paintings examines the impoverished snapshot of lifestyles presupposed by way of the legacy of transcendent and representational pondering that maintains to border the bounds of curricular idea. studying the ways that glossy associations colonize wish and overdetermine the lifetime of its topic, this ebook attracts upon the anti-Oedipal philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, innovative inventive perform, and an unorthodox curriculum family tree to reconsider the pedagogical undertaking as a job of notion production for the liberation of lifestyles and instantiation of a humans but to come back. This publication invitations teachers, artists, and graduate scholars to have interaction the modern struggles of curriculum idea, academic philosophy, and pedagogical perform with a brand new set of conceptual instruments for considering radical distinction.

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The attributes of substance accessible to human consciousness include thought and extension, both of which Deleuze conceptualizes as an unlimited finity (Deleuze, 1997). Attributes, Deleuze remarks, are active and dynamic. They are not attributed, that is, given to substance by some transcendent figure, but rather, attributive—immanent of the substance itself. Put differently, emanation suggests that attributes are given by some greater ontological value or power. Behind the attribute, the legacy of transcendent philosophy suggests an immutable substance, such as God, the Platonic Forms, Truth, or the subject who creates its attributes in the material world.

For currere to be thought in instrumental or rationalist terms, one must have an image of the course to be run. There must be some design that allows for the recognizability of teaching and learning as a process of exchange, habitualization, and order. Baudrillard’s negative simulacrum posits such an image as a sign of the real that has effectively replaced reality, standardizing the actions of what a body might do (Massumi, 1987a). As Massumi writes, “What bodies do depends on where they land in an abstract grid of miraculated identities that are in practice only a bundle of normalized and basically reproductive functions” (p.

In the world, Plato asserts, a perfect Equality is impossible, as difference might always be discovered. Yet, in Platonic thought, the perception of imperfection intimates the existence of a perfect Form. Covered over in empirical life, the Idea points to a deeper reality. Beyond the imperfect forms of the world, Plato suggests a pure essence, a stable and unchanging Universal. It is toward this deep reality that the full expression of life aspires. Beauty, goodness, and truth are only thus according to the immutable Forms of 18 A DELEUZIAN APPROACH TO CURRICULUM Beauty, Goodness, and Truth given a priori.

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