The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives

Gilles Deleuze and Process Philosophy

Gilles Deleuze and Process Philosophy
Keith Robinson

Introduction

The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) was one of the most important and innovative thinkers of the 20th century. The central theme of his philosophy is the very nature of thinking itself. Over the course of nearly 40 years and 25 books or so, coauthored and written in his own name,1 Deleuze has profoundly rethought for us precisely what it means to think. The relentless Deleuzian quest or search for the conditions of new thought and its expression roams across the ‘non-philosophical’ – mathematics, biology, painting, music, cinema, literature, etc. – but also, of course, through philosophy, ‘plain old philosophy’ (2006: 176). For Deleuze, thinking in philosophy is never the product of ‘common sense', ...

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