A Singular, and yet, Non-Arbitrary Life by Gregg Lambert

…”the spark of life within him is curiously separable from himself now, and they have a deep interest in it, probably because it is life, and they are living and must die.” …

Deleuze was no existentialist, nor was he religious. A life that traverses all the events and accidents that compose an individual remains on a surface that is not incarnated in the living and thus may not even have a relation to the problem of finitude that has obsessed modern philosophy, particularly the philosophies of Heidegger and Derrida. Consequently, here I might even suggest that this offers us the image of a purely impersonal life, a life that is equal to the movement of an impersonal and even cosmic consciousness, that philosophy has always dreamed of, but which has never been able to realize. And yet, after Spinoza, Deleuze perhaps came closest to expressing this image of “a singular, and yet, non-arbitrary life.”