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The Invention of a PeopleHeidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political$
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Janae Sholtz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685356

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685356.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Invention of a People

Janae Sholtz

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction focuses on contextualizing Deleuze’s project as a continuation of the desire to redefine the relation of mitsein outside of homogenizing tendencies characteristic of metaphysical thinking or according to any privileged metanarrative. In this respect, Deleuze joins a line of French thinkers who are suspicious of the Heideggerian language of the proper, origin and belonging. Yet, it is Heidegger who initiates the question of the “we” in the first place, and this tenuous, ambiguous relationship must be navigated. Deleuze stands out in that he utilizes, rather than disavows, the language of a people-to-come initiated by Heidegger.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Heidegger, Mitsein, community, Nancy, Blanchot, Bataille, invention, minor, people-to-come

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