- In my research I employ the nonrepresentational philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to map how early 'Christianity' (Christ groups) functioned in relation to other ancient Mediterranean groups and in relation to the State apparatus.
- In carrying out this project I strive to recognize the often overlooked contributions of Félix Guattari; hence my use of the term "Deleuzioguattarian" and the acronym "D&G."
Recent and forthcoming publications and presentations
B. H. McLean, Guest Editor
A Thousand Plateaus Turns Forty
A Special Issue of Deleuze & Guattari Studies
The year 2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Mille plateaux (A Thousand Plateaus). I am editing a special issue of Deleuze and Guattari Studies to commemorate this event. This special issue will demonstrate how A Thousand Plateaus continues to animate the construction of knowledge, not only in philosophy, but also more widely in the humanities, social sciences and psychoanalysis.
B. H. McLean, "‘What Does A Thousand Plateaus Contribute to the Study of Early Christianity? Jesus and the Molecular Revolution,’ Deleuze and Guattari Studies (forthcoming 2020)
B. H. McLean, "‘Abraham as a Deleuzian Hero of Repetition: The Rationality of Repetition.’
Presented at the Symposium on Rationality & Religion, Bad Homburg, Germany (Nov. 2019).
My most recent article just been published in Religions and is now available online:
B. H. McLean, “The Rationality of Prophetic Truth-Speaking and Deleuze’s Passional Postsignifying Regime of Signs.” In H. Schultz (ed.). Prophecy and Rationality. Mohr Siebeck, 2019.
B. H. McLean, “The Deleuzioguattarian Body of Christ without Organs.” In Matthew Whitlock (ed.). Early Christianity and Critical Theory: Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler. Studies in Ancient Religion and Culture. Sheffield: Equinox, Spring 2019.
Recently Published Articles
B. H. McLean, “The Rationality of the Miracles of the Apostolic Women: Thekla, Drusiana, and Maximilla as Anti-Function.” Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 33, Sup. 1 (April 2017): 73-85.
B. H. McLean, “The Rationality of Early Christian Discourse,” Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 30, Sup. 1 (2015): 43-65.
I'm still looking for a 'home' for this paper:
My most recent book on philosophical hermeneutics
But click 'mapping early Christianity' (above) for my forthcoming book on Deleuzian philosophy
- “Revelation as Diagrammatization and the End of the Imperial Despotic Machine.” Symposium on Rationality & Religion, Frankfurt, Nov. 2016.