1st Edition

Deleuze and Religion

By Mary Bryden Copyright 2001
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite the ever-expanding body of Deleuzian scholarship, single volume has explored the religious dimensions of Delueze's writing. Now, Mary Bryden has assembled a team of international scholars to do just that. Their essays illustrate the ways in which Deleuzian thought is antithetical to religious debate, as well as the ways in which it contributes to those debates.
    This volume will be invaluable for researchers, teachers and students of theology, philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies and literary criticism as well as to students of French who read Deleuze's work in its original language.

    Introduction PART I Judgement and betrayal 1 The betrayal of God 2 The organism as the judgement of God: Aristotle, Kant and Deleuze on nature (that is, on biology, theology and politics) 3 Embodied anti-theology: the body without organs and the judgement of God PART II Spirituality of the Dead: Deleuze and the positivity of the second light 6 Thinking difference: a comparative study of Gilles Deleuze, Plotinus and Meister Eckhart 7 Bodily organs and organisation PART III Literature and religion 8 Nietzsche’s arrow: Deleuze on D. H. Lawrence’s Apocalypse 9 The future of an illusion: Melville’s deconstruction of Deleuze’s a/theology 10 Knowing one’s enemy: Deleuze, Artaud, and the problem Of judgement PART IV Beyond theology 11 Pure reserve: Deleuze, philosophy, and immanence 12 Why is philosophy so compromised with God? 13 The doctrine of univocity: Deleuze’s ontology of immanence 14 Deleuze’s impersonal, hylozoic cosmology: the expulsion of theology


    Mary Bryden is a senior lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Reading. Her previous publications include Samuel Beckett and the Idea of God (Macmillan 1998) and Samuel Beckett and Music (Oxford University Press, 1998).