Identity and Time in Gilles Deleuze’s Process Philosophy

James Williams

in Constructing Identity in and around Organizations

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640997
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738388 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Process Organization Studies

Identity and Time in Gilles Deleuze’s Process Philosophy

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This chapter presents Gilles Deleuze’s process philosophy of time. It argues that times are multiple and that his philosophy has a ninefold grid of times, where times take others as dimensions. In order to show the potential of this philosophy for process organization, the grid is applied to an example from the organization and management of time around objective-setting and review. Three criticisms are raised on the division, multiplicity, and selection of times. These are answered by closer studies of Deleuze’s understanding of the present and past. The chapter concludes with a study of his account of the future.

Keywords: Deleuze; time; objective-setting; past; present; future

Chapter.  8448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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