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Deleuze and Evolutionary Theory

Edited by Michael James Bennett, Tano S. Posteraro

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Engages with the post-Darwinian biology central to Deleuze and Guattari’s ecological thought

  • Finds a strong convergence in Deleuze and Guattari’s work with new directions in evolutionary theory
  • Thinking about the symbiosis between philosophy and science in new ways
  • Summarises, interprets and evaluates of Deleuze’s relationship to evolutionary theory, from Darwin through Ruyer
  • Resists a straightforward characterisation of Deleuze as a critic of evolution, instead looking at his debt to – and his inheritance, reconfiguration and anticipation of – a number of tendencies integral to evolutionary thought, both in its historical and emerging dimensions

Deleuze and Evolutionary Theory gathers together contributions by many of the central theorists in Deleuze studies who have led the way in breaking down the boundaries between philosophical and biological research. They focus on the significance of Deleuze and Guattari’s engagements with evolutionary theory across the full range of their work, from the interpretation of Darwin in Difference and Repetition to the symbiotic alliances of wasp and orchid in A Thousand Plateaus. In this way, they explore the anthropological, social and biopolitical significance of the convergences and divergences between philosophy and evolutionary science.

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Introduction: Historical Formations and Organic Forms
Michael James Bennett and Tano Posteraro

1. Unnatural Nuptials
Barry Allen

2. The Egg: Deleuze between Darwin and Ruyer
Jon Roffe

3. Framing Sexual Selection: Elizabeth Grosz’s work on Deleuze, Darwin and Feminism
Erin Hortle and Hannah Stark

4. Deleuze, Developmental Systems Theory, and the Philosophy of Nature
Michael James Bennett

5. Deterritorialisation and Creative Involution: A Note on Guattari and Deleuze
Paul-Antoine Miquel

6. Hydrosocial Becomings: Evolutionary Perspectives on Water Assemblages and Maya Kingship
Johan Normark

7. Against Social Evolution: Deleuze and Guattari’s Social Topology
Daniel W. Smith

8. Epigenesis and the Outside
Claire Colebrook

About the Author

Michael James Bennett is Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of Deleuze and Ancient Greek Physics: The Image of Nature (Bloomsbury 2017) and writes on the intersections between twentieth-century continental thought, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of biology.

Tano S. Posteraro is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Penn State University. His current research concerns Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze as philosophers of biology against the background of the contemporary life sciences. In addition to co-editing Deleuze and Evolutionary Theory, he has also published a number of articles on biological themes in Continental philosophy.


Packed with searching and detailed analyses, this volume brings the study of Deleuze’s relations with biology — that on which he relied, but also contemporary developments — into its maturity. From Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire to Darwin, Ruyer, Oyama, and many others, from genomics to epigenetics and beyond, the book’s breadth provides constant provocations to thought.

- John Protevi, Louisiana State University

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