What Is Philosophy? by Gilles Deleuze

By Gilles Deleuze

Called via many France's prime thinker, Gilles Deleuze is likely one of the best thinkers within the Western international. His acclaimed works and celebrated collaborations with Félix Guattari have demonstrated him as a seminal determine within the fields of literary feedback and philosophy. The long-awaited book of What is Philosophy? in English marks the end result of Deleuze's career.

Deleuze and Guattari differentiate among philosophy, technology, and the humanities, seeing as technique of confronting chaos, and problem the typical view that philosophy is an extension of common sense. The authors additionally talk about the similarities and differences among artistic and philosophical writing. clean anecdotes from the heritage of philosophy light up the booklet, besides enticing discussions of composers, painters, writers, and architects.

A milestone in Deleuze's collaboration with Guattari, What is Philosophy? brings a brand new viewpoint to Deleuze's reports of cinema, portray, and track, whereas atmosphere a super capstone upon his work.

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Nothing at all can be said on this point. Planes must be constructed and problems posed, just as concepts must be created. Philosophers do the best they can, but they have too much to do to know whether it is the best, or even to bother with this question. Of course, new concepts must relate to our problems, to our history, and, above all, to our becomings. But what does it mean for a concept to be of our time, or of any time? Concepts are not eternal, but does this mean they are temporal? What is the philosophical form of the problems of P h i losophy 28 a particular time?

From Epicurus to Spinoza (the incredible book 5 ) and from Spinoza to Michaux the problem of thought is infinite speed. But this speed requires a milieu that moves infinitely in itself-the plane, the void, the horizon. Both elasticity of the concept and fluidity of the milieu are needed. 1 Both are needed to make up "the slow beings" that we are. Concepts are the archipelago or skeletal frame, a spinal column rather than a skull, whereas the plane is the breath that suffuses the separate parts.

But is not the One prior to every concept? This is where Plato teaches the opposite of what he does: he creates con­ cepts but needs to set them up as representing the uncreated that precedes them. He puts time into the concept, but it is a time that must be Anterior. He constructs the concept but as something that attests to the preexistence of an objectality [objectiti], in the form of a difference of time capable of mea­ suring the distance or closeness of the concept's possible constructor.

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