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The Invention of a People

Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political

Janae Sholtz

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A multi-layered reading of the intersections between two of the most influential figures in contemporary philosophy

The Invention of a People explores the residual relation between Heidegger’s thought and Deleuze’s novelty, focusing on the parallels between their emphasis on the connection of earth, art and a people-to-come.

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A. Inspirations, B. Communities and Peoples, C. Displacements
Chapter 1: Heidegger’s Nietzsche, A. Nietzsche, Metaphysician of the Sensuous, B. Revaluating Art on Nietzsche’s Body, C. Temporalizing the Moment, Eternal Recurrence, D. Transforming Epochs of Thought and Types of Man
Chapter 2: Deleuze’s Nietzsche, A. Nietzsche, Sage of the Simulacrum, B. Unveiling Force, C. Doubling Moment of Affirmation, Eternal Return , D. Transforming Sensibility Beyond/Over Man
Chapter 3: Heidegger on Art and Ontology, A. From Ruins Another Beginning, B. Event, Art as the Saving Power, C. Poets, Thinking and Language, Klee Plateau: The (Deferred) Possibility of (Art’s) Other Beginning
Chapter 4: Deleuze on Art and Ontology, Axelos Plateau: From Earth to the Cosmic, A. From Multiplicity, Unfolding Events, B. Capture, Art as Abstract Machine, C. Affect, Becoming, and Indirect Discourse
PART III: (UN)EARTHING, A PEOPLE TO COME, Chapter 5: Heidegger and the Political, A. Hölderlin’s Heimat and Origin’s Earth, B. Wandering Return, C. Reflections of Geist and Volk, Rimbaud Plateau: Car il arrive à l’inconnu?, Chapter 6: Deleuze and the Political, Fridge Plateau: Being True to the Earth, or Cosmic Artisantry, A. A Model-less Model: Missing, Minor, Cosmic, B. Nomadic Wandering, C. Reflections on Ethos and Invention
CONCLUDING EVENT, Fluxus Plateau: Ontology to Fluxology

About the Author

Janae Sholtz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University. She has published articles within PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. She has contributed chapters to The Continuum Companion to Heidegger edited by François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Between Deleuze and Foucault edited by Daniel W. Smith, Thomas Nail and Nicolae Morar (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming). Dr. Sholtz researches primarily in 20th-century and contemporary continental philosophy. Her current research is focused on the work of Deleuze and Guattari and their interlocutors, and includes subjects of dramatisation, the nature of the event, transgression, immanence, powers of affect and the conjunction of the aesthetic and the political.


This is a groundbreaking study of remarkable lucidity and depth that offers an insightful comparison of two of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. In fact it is much more than a comparison. One who reads this book is rewarded with an extraordinarily insightful, independent account of both Heidegger and Deleuze and this is what makes the comparisons so cogent and effective. Sholtz also effectively shows the indissoluble connection between aesthetics and politics in both of these authors and argues persuasively that the future of politics will follow the path Heidegger and Deleuze have opened.

- Walter Brogan, Villanova University

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