I am very happy that a new publication is already available on the Online Journal of Philosophy La Deleuziana. It is an special number dedicated to the treatment of the excess within Deleuze philosophy. My contribution has to do with how Deleuze understands the excess only by its opposite, that is, the contention. Otherwise, most of the times Deleuze is consireded a conectivist thinker, something that is not fair with his work.
There is a certain tendency to understand Deleuze under the label of connectivism, a philosophy of life that affirms constant flow, becoming and escaping, a thought that would give rise to an incessant nomadism and, at times, fanatical, constantly dependent on creativity. Sometimes, this is seen as if Deleuze was victim of its own postulates, prisoner of the same requirements he created to run away of social arrangements which, finally, make his thought weaker. Other times the opposite happens: the need for flight, connectivity and creativity is seen as something assimilated by society, something that would align with the own connectivism and accelerationism that promotes the digital and techno-scientific revolution of the 21st century. Against all these approaches, this article tries to show how they are partial. It will be explained how the Deleuzian conception of flow, flight and even overflow cannot be understood except through their opposites -the containment, the asceticism, the sobriety, the impassive or the block of becoming- which are an essential part of his dynamism.
Cebral-Loureda, M. (2020). La Contención en Deleuze: Falacias de la Lectura Conectivista. La Deleuziana -online Journal of Philosophy, 12, 54-67.