Deleuze and Guattari’s ’What is Philosophy?’: A Reader’s by Rex Butler

By Rex Butler

What is Philosophy? is the final instalment of a notable twenty-year collaboration among the thinker Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. This highly vital textual content makes an attempt to provide an explanation for the phrases in their collaboration and to outline the task of philosophy during which they've been engaged. a tremendous contribution to modern Continental philosophy, it however continues to be especially demanding for readers confronted for the 1st time with Deleuze and Guattari's strange and a bit of allusive style.

This Reader's Guide deals a concise and available advent to this highly vital and but demanding paintings. Written particularly to fulfill the desires of scholars coming to Deleuze and Guattari for the 1st time, the publication deals tips at the philosophical and historic context of the textual content, its reception and impact, its key issues, notes on studying the textual content and additional examining suggestions.

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Even when things are at their most actual, when aIl is actual, there is still the virtual; aIl this is possible only because of the virtual. , and even against several suggestions in What is Philosophy? itself. , 197,202). That is, it can appear as though art, philosophy and science each independently grapples with the problem of chaos as though for the first time, with each responding to it in its own way. , 91). Or perhaps more generaIly: 'Art should not be thought to be like a synthesis of science and philosophy, of the finite and infinite routes.

193). There is the creation of musical 'intensity' (TP, 343) and the discovery of that refrain or rhythm that underlies aIl music (TP, 347-8). As opposed to the memory and looking back to the past of Romanticism, in modern music there is the putting forward of a people of the future: there is no subject or audience at present, but the music itself seeks to bring about this audience through its own means. , 191; TP, 342). Now, aIl of this can appear to be the writing of a history of music, but Deleuze and Guattari insist that this is not their aim, or at least not their primary aim.

43 We can see something like this same sequence in painting. Deleuze and Guattari make the point in What is Philosophy? , 164). In breaking with any original model and the one who made it, the painting has to stand up on its own. It is what preserves a sensation, Deleuze and Guattari insist, that williast as long as the materials in which it is embodied last. , 153). But what must be borne in mind is that this sensation captured in art will not remain strictly the same, but is a 'becoming' that is permanently open to the future.

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