James Williams

Jamas Williams is a Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University, Melbourne.

Abstract: On Affects: Deleuze, Signs and the Art of Multiplicity”

In Cinema 1, Deleuze teaches us that an affect is a special kind of encounter. It is reflective thought, or better, many lines of thought folded in on themselves, because they are set in motion by multiple and distinct expressive intensities drawn together to form a nexus of movements along pure qualities set in motion by powers. In this talk, I will study this novel definition of affect and connect it to the philosophy of signs and to the creative and critical power of art.