On the Concept of Creal: The Politico-Ethical Horizon of a Creative Absolute

On the Concept of Creal: The Politico-Ethical Horizon of a Creative Absolute

 

Luis de Miranda

Published in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, edited by Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2017

 

Process philosophies tend to emphasise the value of continuous creation as the

core of their discourse. For Bergson, Whitehead, Deleuze, and others the real is

ultimately a creative becoming. Critics have argued that there is an irreducible

element of (almost religious) belief in this re-evaluation of immanent creation.

While I don’t think belief is necessarily a sign of philosophical and existential

weakness, in this paper I will examine the possibility for the concept of universal

creation to be a political and ethical axiom, the result of a global social

contract rather than of a new spirituality. I argue here that a coherent way to

fight against potentially totalitarian absolutes is to replace them with a virtual

absolute that cannot territorialise without deterritorialising at the same time:

the Creal principle.

Read the full paper here:

Miranda_Luis_de-On The Concept of Creal

 

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