NO WEREWOLVES IN THEOLOGY?: TRANSCENDENCE, IMMANENCE, AND BECOMING-DIVINE IN GILLES DELEUZE

Modern Theology 25 (1):1-20 (2009)

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Jacob Sherman
California Institute of Integral Studies
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This essay adds a theological voice to the current debate over the legacy of Gilles Deleuze. It discusses Peter Hallward's charge that Deleuze is best read as a mystical, theophanic philosopher who values creativity to the detriment of real creatures. It argues that while Hallward is right to discern a flight from bodies, relations, and politics in Deleuze, this is due not to Deleuze's contemplative mysticism, but rather to his strident rejection of any transcendence. The essay then draws upon Thomas Merton in order to argue that only a fully contemplative engagement with transcendence allows us to save the sort of radical becoming that Deleuze sought but couldn't achieve.
Keywords THEOLOGY  DELEUZE  THOMAS MERTON  POSTMODERNITY  TRANSCENDENCE  BECOMING
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0025.2008.01501.x
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