Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

The thought of history in Benjamin and Deleuze

Flanagan, T. (2009) The thought of history in Benjamin and Deleuze. In: Bell, J. and Colebrook, C., (eds.) Deleuze and History. Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online, pp. 103-118.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


This chapter reports the concept of history in Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze's ‘personal’ reading of Benjamin is completely problematic in that his reflections identify, and perhaps even go so far as to define the limits of what is conceptually possible in terms of the earlier study. Deleuze's interest in Benjamin must be seen in the context of the uniquely transcendental combination. Philosophical theses emerge as conceptual dramatisations of an Idea such that their very object is no longer amenable to simple logic, but rather to the metaphysics of those transcendental conditions of historical antecedence that adduce a thesis' virtual significance in the world at all. The elements of philosophical discourse that Benjamin and Deleuze try to suggest are what they refer to as those ‘baroque’ moments which behove a certain reconsideration of the sense of Darstellung in Immanuel Kant's transcendental project.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online
Copyright: © 2009 Oxford University Press
Item Control Page Item Control Page