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Monday, 6 May 2013

Fate and transcendence

Deleuze contrasts determinism with fate. Fate is some sort of protected determinism where things are immune to whatever happens elsewhere. Fated things are not in the open - they rather get some special protection from the world, they are not at risk, they are not put at risk. Fate flirts with transcendence. It is similar to fiction - characters that respond not to what is around but rather to what is written or scripted for them (see recent post above). Fictional characters are not up for grabs, they are somehow governed from outside. In my novel Southern Pacific, the island where what is written (and said and thought) takes place is both the land of the fictional characters and an island with the geography of the Southern Pacific. There, Cynthia, lives off fish and goes around entertained by all the fictional characters of the world. She doesn't interact with them. They are immune to her. They are not exposed to the elements of the island, they are not in the open. But she lives off what is in the open in the island.

Fate, and fictional characters, are like whatever is transcendent. They respond to outside orders, not to what is around - they are governed from afar. Far away government also provide some sort of special protection (security as in sine cura). Immanence, on the other hand, is being open to all spheres of government.

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