# Deleuze & Whitehead

In taking this line of thought, I attempt to transverse Deleuze and Whitehead not by comparing “systems” (PR 3; N 32) but by brushing over some *cracks* in the broken surface of the continuum of thought (LS 155; N 143), the problematic *folds* in the web of ideas, where the *abyss*“rises to the surface” and integrity “decomposes” (DR 28). We may find profound resonances in their philosophies by tracing their thought *to the point of impasse, *where the *impossible *comes forth (PR 3) and the *heteron* arises (DR 64), where simple *contrasts* fail (PR 22, 348) and the “disjoined multiplicity” (PR 21) radiates, where “Discord” (AI 257) reveals a *resistance* against systematization and control. In short, I look at their body of ideas as *maps of* *problems* (DR 63) exhibiting *programmatic dysfunction* (N 146)*.*

This is what Deleuze saw in Whitehead: becoming, the *intermezzo*, the event, a creative space of dysfunction (DR 284-5; TF 81; E 2; N 160). In a creative world, unification is always the fold of multi*pli*cation (PR 21), where “every fold originates from a fold, *plica ex plica*” (TF 13), infinitely “folding, unfolding, refolding” (TF 137). “We begin with the world as if with a series of…events: it is a *pure emission of singularities*” (TF 60; AI 144-5)—multiplication, difference (N 146, 154).

Reading Whitehead with Deleuze, there is, indeed, no unification that is not a *finite* force and a *death*(PR 80), that *must* lead to, and always *is*, differen*c*iation (PR 21, 25; DR 207) in and beyond itself (PR 26). In the web of rhizomes, there is always a *rivalry among multiplicities* (PR 244), never forming a structure we might wish to call “reality,” but always leading to a “disorder” that de/constructs cosmos (PR 91). The only *form* of unification is *process* (SMW 179). As a consequence, there is no metaphysical or political construction that is not part of, and will not be surpassed by, ever more vast *dysfunctional difference* in becoming (PR 7; DR 64).

- R. Faber, “’O bitches of impossibility!’--Programmatic Dysfunction in the Chaosmos of Deleuze and Whitehead,” in A. Cloots and K. A. Robinson, eds., *Deleuze, Whitehead and the Transformation of Metaphysics* (Brussels: Flemish Academy of Sciences, 2005), pp. 118-9.