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Deleuze's Untimely: Uses and Abuses in the Appropriation of Nietzsche

Edited by Jeffrey A. Bell and Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636082
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.003.0010
Deleuze's Untimely: Uses and Abuses in the Appropriation of Nietzsche

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This chapter explores the expression of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche's untimely within a Deleuzian philosophy of history. Gilles Deleuze's use of the untimely appeared to be not only a departure but a productive misappropriation of Nietzsche, and as such a creation that might itself suggest a new time to come. It then investigates how Nietzsche diagnosed European degradation in the advent of ‘modern historical cultivation’ and ‘history as an objective science’. Nietzsche reports three types of history that form relations either in the service or disservice of life: monumental history, antiquarian history and critical history. Deleuze's interaction with Nietzsche's analysis of history and the untimely is explained. A philosophy of history should emerge in Deleuze that is not only more than a critique of facile historicism, but also a crucial part of his general philosophy of time.

Keywords: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; philosophy of history; Gilles Deleuze; European degradation; monumental history; antiquarian history; critical history; untimely; philosophy of time

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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