Creative involution : overcoming man : becoming-woman
Crawford, Jane-Ann, 1960- (2001) Creative involution : overcoming man : becoming-woman. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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The thesis is written in the pursuit of true difference. Its contention is that true
difference has been obscured by a model of difference which is dialectical in nature.
Western thought has been largely informed by a metaphysic in which difference has
been subordinated to the One and the Identical and which can only ever return as the
In utilising the writings of Foucault, Deleuze, Deleuze-Nietzsche, Deleuze-Bergson
and Bergson, this thesis strives to find for a new image of thought, that can go beyond
representation through which true difference can be known.
The thesis is framed in the context of the problematic of 'the death of man' as that
which Foucault formulates as eternally returning as the Same. Foucault raises the
question of Man's disappearance and in doing so also opens up the question of what
might come after Man. It will be argued, that what comes after man, that which
Nietzsche has named the Overman, is the becoming-woman of man.
The aim is to show that becoming-woman, once freed from the representational
system, can be thought of as an active, affirmative death through which difference can
be thought in-itself as the continual movement of vital life The nature of a
Becoming-woman is, in turn, framed in the context of Deleuze's search for difference
in-itself and, Bergson's philosophy of nature.
It will be argued, in conclusion, that becoming-woman is the rebirth of the eternal
return of difference which, in man, reaches into the consciousness of self.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Difference (Philosophy), Thought and thinking, Sex differences|
|Official Date:||May 2001|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Philosophy|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Ansell-Pearson, Keith, 1960-|
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