Secrets of Becoming: Negotiating Whitehead, Deleuze, and Butler
Roland Faber and Andrea M. Stephenson, eds.
(New York: Fordham University Press, 2011)
Secrets of Becoming brings into conversation modes of thought traditionally held apart: Whitehead's philosophy of the event, Deleuze's philosophy of multiplicity, and Judith Butler's philosophy of gender difference. Why should one try to connect these strains of thinking? What might make the work of these thinkersnegotiable with one another?
This volume finds that bridge in an emphasis on "becoming" that secretly defines the philosophies ofWhitehead, Deleuze, and Butler. Its three sections investigate their surprising confluence in a "philosophy of becoming" in relation to the question of the event, bodies and societies, and immanence and divinity. A substantial Introduction gives an extended comparison of the three thinkers.
Contributors: Jeff Bell, Roland Faber, Sigridur Gudmarsdottir, Michael Halewood, Luke Higgins, Catherine Keller, Isabella Palin, Keith Robinson, Steven Shaviro, Andrea Stephenson, Alan R. Van Wyk