# Deleuze and Pragmatism

## Simone Bignall, Sean Bowden, Paul Patton, Simone Bignall, Sean Bowden, Paul Patton

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# Deleuze and Pragmatism

## Simone Bignall, Sean Bowden, Paul Patton, Simone Bignall, Sean Bowden, Paul Patton

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This collection brings together the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and the rich tradition of American pragmatist thought, taking seriously the commitment to pluralism at the heart of both. Contributors explore in novel ways Deleuze's explicit references to pragmatism, and examine the philosophical significance of a number of points at which Deleuze's philosophy converges with, or diverges from, the work of leading pragmatists. The papers of the first part of the volume take as their focus Deleuze's philosophical relationship to classical pragmatism and the work of Peirce, James and Dewey. Particular areas of focus include theories of signs, metaphysics, perspectivism, experience, the transcendental and democracy. The papers comprising the second half of the volume are concerned with developing critical encounters between Deleuze's work and the work of contemporary pragmatists such as Rorty, Brandom, Price, Shusterman and others. Issues addressed include antirepresentationalism, constructivism, politics, objectivity, naturalism, affect, human finitude and the nature and value of philosophy itself. With contributions by internationally recognized specialists in both poststructuralist and pragmatist thought, the collection is certain to enrich Deleuze scholarship, enliven discussion in pragmatist circles, and contribute in significant ways to contemporary philosophical debate.

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Deleuze and Classical Pragmatist Thought

# 1

Infinite Pragmatics

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^{2}This question seems unanswerable and has led many to assume that such a task, often called a supertask, is impossible. Zeno, however, in his well-known paradox of Achilles and the tortoise, sought to show that if such supertasks are indeed impossible, then even the most mundane of tasks becomes impossible as well, despite all appearances to the contrary. As Aristotle recounts Zeno’s paradox, the conclusion one is led to is that “the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold the lead” (Aristotle 1984, 239b15). If the tortoise has a ten-meter lead on Achilles, and even if Achilles runs ten times faster than the tortoise, he must first reach the point where the tortoise was, and since there is an infinite series of such points, Achilles will never catch the tortoise because he must first reach an infinite number of points. But clearly Achilles will catch the tortoise. Given enough information, a simple mathematical calculation will enable us to determine at what point the two will be tied, after which Achilles will take the lead. So has Achilles performed a supertask?

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^{4}Zeno’s mistake was thus twofold. First, Zeno failed to see that the continuum is irreducible to points, with points being merely abstractions from the continuum, and yet it was precisely the points reached along the way to catching the tortoise that did the heavy lifting in Zeno’s formulation of the paradox. His second mistake was to be confused by language itself. In both mathematical and ordinary language we will speak of points or parts, but in doing so Peirce claims we overlook the reality that is the continuum. If we are to avoid the contradictions that give rise to paradoxes such as Zeno’s, then for Peirce it is necessary to align our everyday and mathematical language with the ontological reality of the continuum.

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## Indice dei contenuti

- Cover
- Title
- Copyright
- Contents
- Preface: From Philosophy to Philosophies: Prefatory Notes on Deleuzianism and Pragmatism
- Acknowledgments
- Deleuzian Encounters with Pragmatism
- PART I Deleuze and Classical Pragmatist Thought
- PART II New Pragmatisms
- List of Contributors
- Index