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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 III)

Un écart infime (Part III)

The Blind Spot in Foucault

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The Implications of Immanence
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Leonard Lawlor

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226535.003.0009

For Foucault, painting—or fiction—makes us see how much the invisibility of the visible is invisible. For Foucault, the invisible is never an imminent visible on the horizon. Foucault's “blind spot” is a kind of “a-perspectivism,” in the literal sense; there can be no in-spection of this spot; it cannot be turned into spectacle; and thus no change of perspective would allow us to see it. And yet, the invisible in Foucault is not absolutely absent; it is diffracted into singular visibilities and then has “a teeming presence” like death (une présence fourmillante). This teeming presence will be seen in Foucault's famous (or infamous) analysis of Velázquez's painting. This chapter reconstructs the analysis in order to show how the “blind spot,” the impossibility of vision, is connected to life, to power, and thus to thinking. It is indisputable that in Foucault Deleuze has given us the most philosophically interesting reading of Foucault.

Keywords:   Foucault, Deleuze, blind spot, invisible

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