Deleuze on change

James asked:

If, according to Deleuze, all change and movement is essentially differential or emergent, how does he distinguish between everyday change and the kind of creative or evolutionary change that surprises and delights us?

Answer by Georgios Tsagdis

The question could be better phrased. In the first instance, it is worth querying what couples creativity with biological evolution — Bergson, a major influence for Deleuze, wrote a book about it — but the answer that is required to class together and elevate these two changes from among the rest, is far from apparent.

Secondly, one might ask why other kinds of change should be all that different, and what types of difference are considered. Deleuze will evoke the example of water evaporating when heated. A gradual quantitative change results in a radical and abrupt qualitative change of state. One type of change turning into another is a very familiar phenomenon.

The emphasis on the question is a long line that runs from Socrates to Derrida and beyond. The clarity of the question itself is preferable to a poorly prepared answer, an answer proceeding upon a misunderstood question. Clarifying the question itself will be more effective, even if no answer follows or even if it is decided that no answer can follow.

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