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Deleuze and History$
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Jeffrey Bell and Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636082

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.001.0001

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

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

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(p.188) Chapter 9 Deleuze's Untimely: Uses and Abuses in the Appropriation of Nietzsche
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Deleuze and History
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Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.003.0010

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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