The research project addresses Deligny’s thinking as a performative philosophy, i.e. a philosophy in action. The project suggests that this performative philosophy can be recognized and studied through the “attempts”, a notion the project focuses on. “Attempt” was the term used by Deligny to name all his activities, differentiating them from the field of institutional, programmed actions.
Departing from Deligny’s reflections, the research will engage with several questions: Toward what kind of performative philosophy and pedagogy Deligny’s last attempt was materially driving? If experience as such (as also seen in Guattari’s work) cannot be reduced to the linearity of language, then, how could we model a way of thinking through fragile, tenuous, dispossessed, arachnid bodies? How can a disseminative behavior be possibly inscribed? If the undomiciled refers to what takes place as being out-of-place, is it possible to convoke the notion of wandering as an ontological subtraction, as a dent of subjectivation? And finally, to what extent can this performative philosophy and pedagogy offer to the fields of art and philosophy an opportunity to regain experience as such, as the point for a reflexive creation of knowledge?
The hypothesis is that performative philosophy appears from, or within, the attempts themselves, as well as through the fragmentary landscape of texts written by Deligny.
The attempt of the undomiciled - Fernand Deligny’s performative philosophy and pedagogy