By Gilles Deleuze
Finally on hand in paperback, this e-book anticipates and explains the post-structuralist flip to empiricism. providing a hard studying of David Hume´s philosophy, the paintings is helpful for figuring out the development of Deleuze´s notion.
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Is there a speciﬁcity in homoness, or, in other terms, how is sameness different? By this question we do risk repeating the operation I’ve just criticized with nothing more than a shift in the privileged term of difference. Instead of making the privileging of difference the superior term in the homoheterosexual opposition we are simply putting it in the inferior position and replacing it with a different structure of relationality. Yet there may be no other way to resist the reduction of homosexuality to the system that 42 T H E G AY A B S E N C E would put it down.
But the council, with its nonprescriptive bias, makes no such protest, and its emphasis on the movement of HIV from “socially devalued groups” (presumably gay men) to people without power works to facilitate a socially and politically convenient view of AIDS as an immobilized epidemic. ”7 By the end of the report, HIV (which is “not a citywide disease” in New York), having been immobilized, can therefore be seen as having comparatively little impact on American society. ” Because the report appears to have been written by people who believe that the only question to be asked about a conclusion 24 T H E G AY P R E S E N C E is whether it is statistically valid, the report can remain blithely ignorant of its conclusion’s prescriptive force.
The dating of homosexuality was a momentous event because it initiated the study of how culture regulates identity. ”7 As this suggests, the most radical element in constructionist studies is to question the given or natural status of heterosexuality. ’”8 The latter would be the invention necessary to keep the always shaky construction of heterosexuality intact. Not only did homosexuals ﬁnd their existence and identity within the categories from which they had been fashioned by straight society; they were also a distinctively heterosexual fantasy, the internally excluded difference that cements heterosexual identity.