Deleuze, Kierkegaard and the Ethics of Selfhood

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Andrew M. Jampol-Petzinger, Deleuze, Kierkegaard and the Ethics of Selfhood, Edinburgh University Press, 2022, 184pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474476089.

Reviewed by Henry Somers-Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London

While there are references to Kierkegaard scattered through Gilles Louis René Deleuze’s work, these references have largely been overshadowed by the more pronounced (and less overtly ambivalent) influence of Nietzsche on Deleuze’s thought. For both, opposition to Hegel is a central theme in their thought, which for both leads to an attempt as Deleuze writes, ‘to escape the element of reflection’ (Deleuze 1994: 8). Similarly, both emphasise the importance of philosophical style, and move to indirect communication as a way of avoiding what they see as a tendency to conflate the representation of movement or becoming with becoming itself in traditional philosophical discourse. Nonetheless, there is an obvious difference between Deleuze and Kierkegaard, with Deleuze being a thoroughgoing atheist, and Kierkegaard a major theological…

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