Immanent evaluation

Immanent evaluation is a philosophical concept used by Gilles Deleuze in his essay "Qu'est-ce qu'un dispositif ?" (1989), where it is seen as the opposite of transcendent judgment.

Deleuze writes about Michel Foucault: "Foucault ... makes allusion to 'aesthetic' criteria, which are understood as criteria for life and replace on each occasion the claims of transcendental [sic] judgement [jugement transcendant] with an immanent evaluation [évaluation immanente]".[1]


  1. ^ Gilles Deleuze. 1992. "What Is a dispositif?" In: Michel Foucault: Philosopher. Ed. T. J. Armstrong. Hartfordshire: Harvester Wheatsheft, 159–168, esp. 163; original: "Qu'est-ce qu'un dispositif ?" in Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault, Michel Foucault, philosophe, Seuil, 1989, p. 189.