The Philosophy of Creation

One thing I promise myself whenever I take an occasional trip to Harvard Square is a book purchase at the Harvard Book Store. This is how I have built a small collection of books on Deleuze over the years. After all, these are not the kind of books you get from the local public library, so one must build one’s own library. On a recent visit, I purchased Peter Hallword’s Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation. The introduction addresses the centrality of thinking to Deleuze’s philosophy of creation:

Deleuze . . . assumes that the most creative medium of our being is a form of abstract, immediate or dematerialized thought. ‘Thought is creation’ and ‘to think is to create — there is no other creation’ (What is Philosophy, 55; Difference and Repetition, 147). . . . Almost every aspect of Deleuze’s philosophy is caught up with the consequences of this initial correlation of being, creativity, and thought. . . . In other words, the main task facing a creature capable of thought is to learn how to think. (1-2).

This has been my project throughout this process of participating in the Imaging Place conference: to learn how to think, to think about what thought is, or does.


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