Deleuze's untimely: uses and abuses in the appropriation of Nietzsche



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Lundy, C. A. 2009, 'Deleuze's untimely: uses and abuses in the appropriation of Nietzsche', in J. A. Bell & C. Colebrook (eds), Deleuze and History, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. pp. 188-205.


This chapter studies the expression of Nietzsche's untimely within a Deleuzian philosophy of history. The concepts of immanence and the outside form a relation throughout Deleuze and Guattari's work that leads to their radical conception of the event, and in particular the historical event. As we see in What is Phiolosphy?, in conjunction with Foucault's actual and Peguy's aternal, the Nietzschean untimely provides a touchstone for Deleuze and Guattari's explanation of creativity in the historical event:: the unhistorical is located as both the force and the site from which the sedimentaitons of history emerge. But while Deleuze and Guattari share in Nietzsche's attempt to facilitate creations counter to our historical present, it cannot be said that they explicitly mirror (or indeed faithfully recount) Nietzsche's analysis of history, its terms, and its effects in society. By tracing the various uses of the untimely throughout Deleuze's work, a differential 'becoming/history' materialises that simultaneously enhances aspects of Nietzsche's thoughts on the untimely whilst conflicting others.

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