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The Implications of ImmanenceToward a New Concept of Life$
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Leonard Lawlor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226535

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226535.001.0001

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Un écart infime (Part I)

Un écart infime (Part I)

Foucault's Critique of the Concept of Lived-Experience (Vécu)

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The Implications of Immanence

Leonard Lawlor

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the difference between le vécu (“lived-experience”) and le vivant (“the living”), that is, it intends to examine the different logics, we might say, of immanence that each concept implies. To do this, it reconstructs the “critique” that Foucault presents of the concept of vécu in Chapter 9 of Words and Things, “Man and His Doubles.” It then constructs the positive logic of Foucault's relation of immanence by means of another text, contemporaneous with Words and Things: This Is Not a Pipe. It shows that the critique of the concept of vécu is based on the fact that the relationship in vécu is a mixture (un mélange), which closes un écart infime. Conversely, Foucault's conception of the relationship in le vivant is one that dissociates and keeps l'écart infime open. It argues that for Deleuze immanence is defined by a kind of dualism, a dualism that “is a preparatory distribution within a pluralism,” within, in other words, a multiplicity.

Keywords:   Foucault, le vécu, le vivant, living, lived-experience, immanence

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