N.2/2019 Pratiche di immanenza

Al capezzale del signor Riderhood: quella libertà che fa la differenza

Emilia Marra

(Università degli Studi di Trieste)

Published in December, 2019

At Mr. Riderhood’s Bedside: the Freedom That Makes All the Difference


To reread Deleuze’s latest writing, “Immanence: a life...” means, on the one hand, to find oneself before a text that has become indispensable in the debate on immanence in philosophy. On the other hand, however, the reader cannot but feel a pinch of disappointment for the opacity of the examples proposed in those pages by Deleuze. Neither literary nor philosophical references succeed in shedding light on the French philosopher’s latest text. The purpose of this article is to accompany the reader in a non-conceptual experience of the text, crossing that opacity in order to sustain it, and not to direct it. It is from this perspective, in fact, that it is possible to renounce the temptation to explain immanence with the Deleuzian language, in order to access its most powerful content: its being an experience of freedom.


Immanence, A life, Deleuze, Dickens, Schwob.

Critical Journal of History of Ideas
International Philosophy Journal

Andrea Tagliapietra and Sebastiano Ghisu

Giovanni Campus

Authorized by Tribunale di Sassari n.455 del 14/7/2008 - ISSN 2035-732X - ISSN (Paper edition) 2035-732X