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The material objects artistic practice creates from them become nonnormative forms of evidence and reflective lucidity. g. aggression, bonding, sexuality, parenting). e. ’ Art reflects a phylogenetic need to stress what has particular significance, an ‘emotional valence’, in the life-world. Art has an ecological function: through, for example, repetition, pattern, proportion, rhythm, contrast, it bestows human inflections on the otherwise unfamiliar and uncontrollable world. 60 Through the symbolic resources at its disposal art helps people to reflect on what it is to be in the world.
However, using Deleuze and Guattari’s work, this viewpoint becomes problematic because any idea of knowledge being about consensus and discursive agreement is antithetical to an approach to philosophy characterized by event or creation. To say a concept is ‘better’ than another is simply to show how a concept has evolved that is more appropriate for the Event which it engenders. For example, Kant’s criticism of Descartes’ formulation of the cogito does not invalidate the latter’s theory entirely.
Papers and a small book emerged. ’ Again, I was sadly mistaken. At the time of writing, all UK universities are preparing for the five-yearly Research Assessment Exercise, where funds are distributed to institutions on the basis of published evidence of the quality of their research. In discussion with colleagues, it has become clear that some of my work – in particular the cross-disciplinary research – may not be considered ‘suitable’ for inclusion as part of the philosophy department submission.