Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation

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Verso, 2006 - Philosophy - 199 pages
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Gilles Deleuze was one of the most influential French philosophers of the last century.This book aims to make sense of his fundamental project in the clearest possible terms, by engaging with the central idea that informs virtually all of his work: the equation of being and creativity. It explores the various ways in which, in order to affirm an unlimited creative power, Deleuze proceeds to dissolve whatever might restrict or mediate its expression, including the organisms, objects, representations, identities, and relations that this power generates along the way.

Rather than a theorist of material complexity or relational difference, Out of this World argues that Deleuze is better read as a spiritual and extra-worldly philosopher. His philosophy leaves little room for processes of social or historical transformation, and still less for political relations of conflict or solidarity.

Michel Foucault famously suggested that the 20th century would be known as 'Deleuzian'; this sympathetic but uncompromising new critique suggests that our Deleuzian century may soon be coming to a close.

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Review: Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation

User Review  - Bradley - Goodreads

Clear concise explanation of Deleuze - something that Deleuze often lacked in his own writings was clarity, and Hallward sorts out many key concepts. But overall it is basically a condensation of the ... Read full review

Review: Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation

User Review  - Cary Aurand - Goodreads

I haven't finished reading this, but so far I'm liking it. Hallward's writing is exceptionally readable, and he very cleanly presents and analyzes Deleuze's work. I've heard he kind of shanks the ending, but when this is done, I'm definitely going to finish reading it. Read full review


The Conditions of Creation
Actual Creatures Virtual Creatings
Creatural Confinement
Creative Subtraction
Creation Mediated Art and Literature
Creation Unmediated Philosophy

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Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is the author of several books including Absolutely Postcolonial, Badiou: A Subject to Truth, Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation, and Damming the Flood.

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