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By Mary Bryden

Regardless of the ever-expanding physique of Deleuzian scholarship, unmarried quantity has explored the non secular dimensions of Delueze's writing. Now, Mary Bryden has assembled a crew of foreign students to do exactly that. Their essays illustrate the ways that Deleuzian proposal is antithetical to non secular debate, in addition to the ways that it contributes to these debates.This quantity might be helpful for researchers, lecturers and scholars of theology, philosophy, serious conception, cultural stories and literary feedback in addition to to scholars of French who learn Deleuze's paintings in its unique language.

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This anti-divine order, then, 'is characterized by the death of God, the destruction of the world, the dissolution of the person, the disintegration of bodies, and the shifting function of language which now expresses only intensities' (LS, p. 294). It is an order in which the identity of the self has fractured beyond recognition, and the body-as-organism — object and product of divine judgement, foundation of divine order — gives way to the powerful nonorganic or machinic vitality of the body without organs.

The crystallising of virtual forces through 4 metamorphic corporeal process and their extension into some form of semiotic expression and social existence is, then, the essential component of mysticism understood in terms of this crystallisation. It is in this way that mystical experience leads to the development of a crystalline regime of signs, however much this may be obscured by conventional religious precepts or the mirages of ecstatic phenomena. In order to develop more fully the relations between mysticism and the crystalline regime, it is worth examining the thought of Henri Bergson, who provides the clearest account of how mysticism, like artistic creation, requires a crystalline method of composition, an account which is of central importance to Deleuze's crystalline account of the cinema of the time-image.

292). 12 Antonin Artaud, Artaud Anthology, ed. Jack Hirschman (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1965) p. 56. I3 See ATP for Deleuze and Guattari's development of the figuration of 'lines of flight'. Part II Spirituality and mysticism 4 The scattering of time crystals Deleuze, mysticism and cinema Michael Goddard Introduction: mystical experience, deconstruction and subjectivation `Mysticism' has proved to be one of the most elusive yet most recalcitrant words used in discussing religious experience and discourse.

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