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Cut of the RealSubjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy$
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Katerina Kolozova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166102

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166102.001.0001

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On the Real and the Imagined

On the Real and the Imagined

(p.51) 2 On the Real and the Imagined
Cut of the Real

Katerina Kolozova

François Laruelle

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that the dichotomy between sex and gender reflects and reproduces the opposition between the real and the unreal. It considers Judith Butler's attempt to deconstruct the dual structure of sex and gender in Bodies That Matter. It then examines two concepts, one central for a philosophical line of thinking and the other for the non-philosophical striving to create an opening for thought that escapes the binary clench. Deleuze proposes a way out of the confinement of thought within a stable structure and, consequently, out of the binary of opposites that is the most elemental compulsory constituent of any structure. Laruelle proposes a thesis about an exit from dualism, which means exiting philosophy altogether. The exit from the dual autoenclosure of thought is enabled by the non-philosophical method of “thinking in terms of the real.”. The proposals of Deleuze and Laruelle are discussed and compared; the need to compare them stems from one central element they have in common—the goal to produce theorizing that is determined by immanence.

Keywords:   sex, gender, dichotomy, metaphysics, reality, aporia, Deleuze, Laruelle, dualism

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