In the Still of the Moment: Deleuze's Phenomena of Motionless Time

Shores C. M.

DELEUZE STUDIES, vol.8, no.2, pp.199-229, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3366/dls.2014.0143
  • Journal Name: DELEUZE STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.199-229
  • Keywords: Deleuze, time consciousness, phenomenology, Bergson, cinema
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


A process philosophical interpretation of Deleuze's theories of time encounters problems when formulating an account of Deleuze's portrayal of temporality in The Time-Image, where time is understood as having the structure of instantaneity and simultaneity. I remedy this shortcoming of process philosophical readings by formulating a phenomenological interpretation of Deleuze's second synthesis of time. By employing Deleuze's logic of affirmative synthetic disjunction in combination with his differential calculus interpretation of Spinoza's and Bergson's duration, this phenomenological interpretation portrays time as given to our awareness in immediacy rather than through a continuous process of unfolding. The viability of this alternate approach calls into question the claims that Deleuze is strictly a process philosopher and anti-phenomenologist.