21 Dec 2011

Revolutionary Times. Intro .3 Williams' Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time

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Revolutionary Times

James Williams'

Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time:
A Critical Introduction and Guide

Chapter 1: Introduction

Part 3: The critical power of Deleuze's philosophy of time

What does the critical power of Deleuze's temporality
got to do with you?

At work, our unique daily living experiences are not seen by our bosses the way we lived them. They try to homogenize all our living presents into one present flow of production. Would we not want to fight for a view of time management that does not treat us so objectively? And also, do we not want to feel free from historical views that try to confine our historical identities to something redundant rather than letting them evolve?

Brief Summary

Deleuze's theory of time has the ability to critique powers who try to strip each of us of the uniqueness of our living presents. It can also resist historical interpretations that confine peoples to a homogenous historical identity.

Points Relative to Deleuze:

Deleuze's theory of time has political power.


Because Deleuze's sort of time involves multiple processes that produce beings, we can apply it to life and other disciplines within and without philosophy. His time also makes these created beings passive and cleaved subjects, which renders it powerfully critical against both objective and subjective views. Deleuze's manifold time, for example, can offer a critique of labor time management techniques that objectify time and force all workers' times into one overall time whose productivity is measurable by a single metric. The first synthesis shows that really there are as many living times as workers, and their living present is not limited to the organization's singular goals. (17-18) The second synthesis tells us that there is no singular past to hold sway over the present. (18c) Historical identities are not essenses or pure identities but are continually able to reformulate through the novel assemblages produced by time. (18-19) Thus the past as well rearranges continually. (19b.c) Under Deleuze's theory, we can better examine how historically speaking things are continually differing. (19-20)

"Deleuze's philosophy of time is therefore not only critical. It is revolutionary. It is not only revolutionary as a philosophy of time. It is a time of the necessity of revolution, not once, or in one place, but eternally and everywhere." (20a)

Williams, James. Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

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