Technology and the Time-Image: Deleuze and Postmodern Subjectivity

  • Clayton Crockett Department of Philosophy and Religion University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 72035 USA


This article develops an argument about the time-image in the thought of Gilles Deleuze, and relates it to a broader Continental philosophy of technology and culture, including Kant, Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio and Antonio Negri. After grounding a consideration of Deleuze in relation to Heidegger\'s thesis concerning technology, a constructive interpretation of the time-image is developed in the context of Deleuze\'s work. The time-image is related to Deleuze\'s early work on Kant\'s philosophy and his book Difference and Repetition, as well as to his important books on cinema, in which the time-image is opposed to the movement-image. The time-image is seen to make up the heart of subjectivity, because it concerns not only external technologies, but also how the self relates to itself internally. This understanding of the time-image is then contrasted with the work of Baudrillard and Virilio. Finally, the contrast between the time-image and the movement-image is shown to possess political implications, partly with the help of Negri. S. Afr. J. Philos. Vol.24(3) 2005: 176-188

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