Deleuze and History (Deleuze Connections) by Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook

By Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook

Time, evolution, changing into, and family tree are principal options in Deleuze's paintings, but there was no sustained research of his philosophy when it comes to the query of heritage. these operating in historical past, the background of principles, technology, evolutionary psychology, and interdisciplinary initiatives inflected by way of old difficulties will take advantage of this quantity, which applies Deleuze's philosophy to ancient strategy, describes the severe giant's personal use of the background of philosophy, elaborates on his complicated theories of time and evolution, and stocks his interpretations of ancient thinkers comparable to Hume and Nietzsche. the world over well known individuals comprise: Paul Patton, Manuel DeLanda, John Protevi, Ian Buchanan, Tim Flanagan, Keith Ansell Pearson, James Williams, Eve Bischoff, Miguel de Beistegui, and Jay Lampert.

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In this manner, he shows up the madness of incarcerating the insane, the arbitrariness and injustice of imprisoning convicts, the irrationality of making our identity as subjects depend upon our sexual behaviour. These are all examples of practices that were previously considered unproblematic or unavoidable but that we can now perceive as contingent and open to change (Foucault 1997). Deleuze argues that Foucault writes from the perspective of the actuel albeit in a sense closer to Nietzsche’s untimely than to the ordinary French sense of this word, namely that which is current or present.

While capitalism is a social machine that operates by allowing everything to enter into, and be defined by, its capacity to be exchanged, reformed and circulated, it allows one form – the family and the speaking subject – to act as a privileged body that appears to define and control the socio-historical political whole (Deleuze and Guattari 1977: 91). All exchange and all societies appear to be subtended by familial man. But while capitalism is an event within historical time, clearly different from feudalism and primitivism, once capitalism occurs it allows for a re-reading of all history.

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