The Time of our Life: Historical Ontology and Creative Events

Jeffrey A. Bell

in Deleuze's Hume

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634392
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652464 | DOI:
The Time of our Life: Historical Ontology and Creative Events

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This chapter concentrates on the history of, and more precisely on a discussion of, the relationship between creative, novel events and the already constituted historical conditions within which these events appear. Central to Gilles Deleuze's account of problematizing history is the concept of ‘counter-actualization’. Deleuze makes clear that counter-actualization operates as a quasicause. Michel Foucault is also considered in order to clarify problematizing history further. The chapter turns to Deleuze's final published essay, ‘Immanence: a life . . .,’ in order to detail further the relationship between creative events and the actual, historical situations within which these events occur. The guiding example for this discussion is the life and work of Kafka, for Kafka would indeed be for Deleuze one of the very few who could call himself a writer. It is critical to understand the importance of the indefinite in Deleuze's discussion.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; historical ontology; creative events; problematizing history; counter-actualization; Michel Foucault; Kafka

Chapter.  11047 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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