Secrets of Becoming Negotiating Whitehead, Deleuze, and Butler

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-13
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Secrets of Becomingbrings into conversation modes of thought traditionally held apart: Whitehead’s philosophy of the event, Deleuze’s philosophy of multiplicity, and Judith Butler’s philosophy of gender difference. Why should one try to connect these strains of thinking? What might make the work of these thinkersnegotiable with one another?This volume finds that bridge in an emphasis on becoming” that secretly defines the philosophies ofWhitehead, Deleuze, and Butler. Its three sections investigate their surprising confluence in a philosophy of becoming” in relation to the question of the event, bodies and societies, and immanence and divinity. A substantial Introduction gives an extended comparison of the three thinkers.Contributors: Jeff Bell, Roland Faber, Sigridur Gudmarsdottir, Michael Halewood, Luke Higgins, Catherine Keller, Isabella Palin, Keith Robinson, Steven Shaviro, Andrea Stephenson, Alan R. Van Wyk

Author Biography

Roland Faber is Professor of Process Theology at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. Andrea M. Stephenson recently achieved her Ph. D. in the philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Negotiating Becomingp. 1
Negotiating events and multiplicities
Whitehead, Post-Structuralism, and Realismp. 53
Nomad Thought: Deleuze, Whitehead, and the Adventure of Thinkingp. 70
Transcendental Empiricism in Deleuze and Whiteheadp. 82
Can We Be Wolves? Intersections between Deleuze's Difference and Repetition and Butler's Perfbrmativityp. 92
Negotiating Bodies and Societies
Butler and Whitehead on the (Social) Bodyp. 107
Conflictp. 127
Becoming through Multiplicity: Staying in the Middle of Whitehead's and Deleuze-Guattari's Philosophies of Lifep. 142
Negotiating immanence and divinity
Surrationality and Chaosmos: For a More Deleuzian Whitehead (with a Butlerian Intervention)p. 157
Divine Possibilities: Becoming an Order without Lawp. 178
"God Is a Lobster": Whitehead's Receptacle Meets the Deleuzian Sievep. 191
Uninteresting Truth? Tedium and Event in Postmodernityp. 201
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 265
List of Contributorsp. 275
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