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History and Becoming

Deleuze's Philosophy of Creativity

Craig Lundy

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Explores the nature and relation of history and becoming in the work of Gilles Deleuze

How are we to understand the process of transformation, the creation of the new, and its relation to what has come before? In History and Becoming, Craig Lundy puts forward a series of fresh and provocative responses to this enduring problematic. Through an analysis of Gilles Deleuze's major solo works and his collaborations with Félix Guattari, he demonstrates how history and becoming work together in driving novelty, transmutation and experimentation. What emerges from this exploration is a new way of thinking about history and the vital role it plays in bringing forth the future.

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1. The Depths of History
Historical Intensities
Historical Depth
Towards the Future
2. The Surfaces of History
The Logic of Surface Becoming
The History of Developmental Becoming
The Herculean Surface 3. Nomadic History
The Nomad and the State
The Phylum and the Smith
4. From Prehistory to Universal History
The Prehistory of the State Apparatus
The Universalism of Capitalism
The Contingency of Universal History
The Creativity of Universal History
5. What is History in What Is Philosophy?
Historical Concepts
Historical Planes
Historical Personae

About the Author

Craig Lundy is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Deleuze's Bergsonism (2018), History and Becoming: Deleuze’s Philosophy of Creativity (2012) and co-editor with Daniela Voss of At the Edges of Thought: Deleuze and Post-Kantian Philosophy (2015), all published with Edinburgh University Press.


What is the relation between history and becoming? How is the creativity of becoming entangled with the history it either modifies or transforms? Lundy responds to such questions in this rich and lucid book. A must read for anyone who appreciates Deleuze and/or addresses the enigma of creativity.
- William E. Connolly, Krieger-Esienhower Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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