Towards a Theory of History in Gilles Deleuze

By:
Dr. Giovanna G. Gioli
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Deleuze does not provide a theory of History. His thought has instead a profound anti-historicistic development. This does not imply that history is not a philosophical problem for him. On the contrary, his strong critical view on historicism requires new concepts suited for subverting historicism and for defining a new philosophy of the historical processus, a philosophy of Becoming. The basis of some of the key-concepts in the philosophy of Deleuze, such as Event or Virtual, can be found in his complex thinking on Time. The development of these concepts is based upon a rich dialogue with the philosophy of Bergson, where Nietzsche and Spinoza are always present. We think that the Bergsonian axis in Deleuze's thought plays a very important role, especially in the context of the radical pursuit of negating historicism. This approach differentiates the Deleuze mechanics of history from the Foucault critical history, and underlines their different interpretations of the Nietzsche Genealogy.


Keywords: Deleuze, History, Genealogy, Bergson, Foucault, Becoming, Event
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Towards a Theory of History in Gilles Deleuze


Dr. Giovanna G. Gioli

PhD Student, Department of Philosophy, University of Parma
Italy

Giovanna Giorgia Gioli was born in La Spezia on 24/06/1979. She is Italian citizen. She graduated from the Liceo Scientifico "E. Fermi" in Genoa in 1998 with final grade of 56/60. She was admitted to the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 1998 after a national selection. She had collaborations with Prof. C. Cesa and Prof. R. Bodei. She graduated in Philosophy cum laude at the University of Pisa in 2003 (Supervisor: Prof. A.M. Iacono). Master thesis: "Time and History in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze". She was admitted as PhD student in Philosophy in January 2005 after a national selection at the University of Parma. Supervisor: Prof. M. Meletti. She has taught Italian for foreigners at the Scuola Europea in Florence in 2003. She has worked in the secretary of the Department of Urban affairs and Territory of Province of Florence in 2003-2004. She is webmistress of the portal on energy and environment www.forumenergia.net. She speaks Italian (mother tongue), English, French, German. She reads these languages plus Latin.

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