charlie (keep_moving) wrote in anti_oedipus,

Deleuze on Foucault and power

This doesn't connect explicitly to Anti-Oedipus but it's certainly related.

I'm wondering if anyone on here has read Deleuze's book on Foucault. I'm reading it specifically to use his reformation of Foucault's conception of power. On pages 70-73 he separates all power relations into an active pole (the ability to incite) and a reactive pole (the ability to produce). He further separates power into two forms: the power-to-affect and the power-to-be-affected. He calls the power-to-affect the 'function' of power, and the power-to-be-affected the 'matter'. I guess I am most curious as to why he makes this analytic distinction. I read the matter issue as not simply being mute, but rather as being something with the ability to actualize in conjunction with this power-to-affect function. I'm wondering specifically if it would be correct to call this view of power an assembledge? It seems to me that, much more than Foucault, he places power in an (implicit) metaphysical system (the one outlined in AO and ATP). Power here, in order to be productive, needs to be connected. These two forms of power must work in conjunction - this is basically an assembledge as I read it. Anyway, I'm just excited by the text and wondering if anybody has any ideas or interpretations.
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