File deleuze-guattari/deleuze-guattari.0904, message 10

Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 11:23:34 -0400
Subject: Re: [D-G] Affect

Dear Susan,

>  but I still have
>  questions which I'd be grateful for feedback on. If
>  affect is the 'ceaseless
>  variation of being' that Spinoza describes how do I make
>  that intelligible?
>  How
>  does one understand 'the force of existing or the power
>  of acting' that
>  Deleuze
>  attributes to affect?

Ceaseless is the key word you are looking for.The
ceaselessness of affect is a force of being attributable to
a constant varaition of forces acting on the forces.It
follows that the power, of acting, is the power coming from
those forces which are experienced as affect. The force of
existing/existence results from that, in such a way that
being varies. Concomittantly, so does the force of existing
as such. The intelligibilty then speaks for itself,
automatically, so to speak.

  I hopes this helps you with the ascertaining of a sort of
defintion u were looking for. There is a certain shortcut
in mixing Spinoza with Foucault easily however, in my
*Cartesian* opinion.

Jan Yves Ekkelenkamp

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