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On the Very Possibility of Queer Theory

Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and Queer Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780748634040
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634040.003.0001
On the Very Possibility of Queer Theory

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This chapter considers a less negative formulation of queer theory, one concerned more with the intuition of essences than with the critical distance from the natural attitude. It suggests that contrary to a popular idea of a simple anti-humanism, Gilles Deleuze does not simply reject the intuition of essences, the eternal, genesis, and grounds. The chapter explains that Deleuze offers a positive reading in which temporality in its pure state can be intuited and given form as queer, as a power to create relations, to make a difference, and to repeat a power beyond its actual and already constituted forms.

Keywords: queer theory; intuition of essences; anti-humanism; Gilles Deleuze; temporality

Chapter.  5988 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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