Icons of control: Deleuze, signs, law
Author: Moore, Nathan
Source: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Volume 20, Number 1, March 2007 , pp. 33-54(22)
Abstract:This paper is broadly concerned with Deleuze's distinction between ,la loi et les lois' on the one hand, and jurisprudence on the other. Jurisprudence is the␣creative action of legal practice, the process by which it is forced to think constructively and anew. In such circumstances legal thought is akin to Deleuze's concept of the event. I explore the distinction between law and jurisprudence by way of Deleuze's comments on control societies, arguing that, under control, law ceases to be a juridical hierarchy conforming to disciplinary modes to become a regulatory practice of interminable modulation. In order to begin to explore the relations and connections between law/jurisprudence and control, the paper will look to the semiotics of C.S. Peirce (who influenced Deleuze's work on cinema). In particular it will argue that control operates predominantly through icons. As a consequence I argue that the proper ground of the sign, the event, is co-opted and, following from this, that control functions through the confusing of sense and meaning.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-03-01