History and Becoming: Deleuze's Philosophy of Creativity
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Gilles Deleuze is widely and rightly regarded as a philosopher of creativity, one of the greatest of the last century, if not several before. Throughout his work – whether it be on the history of philosophy, politics, literature or any other of his multifarious interests – can be found a whole host of concepts that help us to analyse the process of creation, express its salient features and inspire our various practices of it. As evidenced by the rapid appropriation of Deleuzian philosophy by an extraordinarily diverse range of fields, there is no doubt that Deleuze’s ‘call to arms’ for creative production of and experimentation with thought is being heeded and duly acted upon. But in this rush for novelty, for a new formation that breaks from the past and gives rise to foreign experiences and ways of living, it is also often the case that much of importance is erroneously left behind. More specifically, it is often forgotten that history has a critical role to play in the act of transformation and the process by which something new emerges. It is the intention of this book to articulate this role, and in so doing demonstrate the vital importance of Deleuze’s philosophy of history to his wider creative agenda.