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Deleuze and the Naming of God

Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence

Daniel Colucciello Barber

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Addresses the intersection between Deleuze’s philosophy and the question of religion

Deleuze’s philosophy of immanence vigorously rejects every appeal to the beyond. For this reason, it is often presumed to be indifferent to the concerns of religion. Deleuze and the Naming of God shows that this is not the case.

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A Proclamation
Three Trajectories for Deleuze’s Immanence
Deleuze and Philosophy of Religion
Surveying the Argument
1. Beginning With Difference: Heidegger, Derrida, and the Time of Thought
Heidegger’s Difference: A ‘More Originary Way’?
Don’t Think Ahead of Time: From Heidegger to Derrida
What Comes After Différance?
2. Deleuze: The Difference Immanence Makes
The Architecture of Immanence
Re-expression and the Unconditioned Power of Immanence
Giving Intensity to the Mode of Existence
Virtually New
Is Time a Crystal?
Dividing Time
The Autonomy of the Product
The Ethics of Re-expression and the Naming of God
3. Stuck in the Middle: Milbank, Hart, the Time of Chronos
‘The Dog is in the Garden’: God’s Being and the Meaning of ‘Is’
Violent Origins
The Interstice and the Accord
Ethics of the Crack
The ‘Suspended Middle’
Back to the Present
4. Yoder: From the Particular to the Divine
Against the Powers
‘A Host of Other Free Agents’: Exceeding the Frame
Secular Creativity
Equality With God is Not Something to be Emanated
Time for Re-writing
5. Adorno: A Metaphilosophy of Immanence
The Mediation of Nonidentity
Conceiving the More
‘We lack creation’: A Deleuzian Metaphilosophy?
Shame, Suffering, and Metaphilosophy
Senseless Animals
6. Icons of Immanence: Believe the Now-Here, Fabulate the No-Where
Bleakness and Belief
The Creation of Real Beings
The Fabulation of Icons
Conclusion: Toward the Future.

About the Author

Daniel Colucciello Barber is the author of On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity (Cascade, 2011). He is currently a Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.


Barber has made several interesting and much needed interventions on the topic of theology and immanence in recent years. This book is something of a summation of these important interventions, but more than that, it completely changes the terms of traditional debates on this issue.

- Kenneth Surin, Duke University

Barber provides us with the definitive study of the significance of immanence for political theology. Refusing to give up on either naming God or responding to suffering, Barber opens up new ground that displaces the stale opposition between the religious and the secular. This is a work of exceptional sophistication and depth of thought which sets the agenda for advancing the Christian tradition into immanence.

- Philip Goodchild, University of Nottingham

Daniel Colucciello Barber … has offered his most incisive and challenging contribution to date in Deleuze and the Naming of God. While it is a strong contribution to the study of Deleuze’s thought, the book is concerned with far more than the singular themes of Deleuze, immanence, or post-secularism … It has consequences within and well beyond the fold of Deleuze studies.

- Maxwell Kennel, University of Waterloo, PhaenEx

Daniel Colucciello Barber's book is an incisive return to core concepts in Deleuze's thought in order to interrogate and re-express them differently.

- Joshua Ramey, Grinnell College, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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