Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari - What Is Philosophy? P. 01
Deleuze Guattari What is Philosophy
Gilles Deleuze January 18, —November 4, was one of the most influential and prolific French philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. Deleuze also produced studies in the history of philosophy on Hume, Nietzsche, Kant, Bergson, Spinoza, Foucault, and Leibniz , and on the arts a two- volume study of the cinema, books on Proust and Sacher-Masoch, a work on the painter Francis Bacon, and a collection of essays on literature. Deleuze considered these latter works as pure philosophy, and not criticism, since he sought to create the concepts that correspond to the artistic practices of painters, filmmakers, and writers. Their final collaboration was What is Philosophy? It is this metaphysics that interests me. Deleuze was born in Paris to conservative, middle-class parents, who sent him to public schools for his elementary education; except for one year of school in Normandy during the Occupation, he lived in the same section of Paris his entire life.
What is Philosophy? French : Qu'est-ce que la philosophie? In this, the last book they co-signed, philosophy, science, and art are treated as three modes of thought. Deleuze commented in a letter to one of his translators that his purpose in writing What is Philosophy? Brody in Library Journal. Brody credited Deleuze and Guattari with "singular insights" into the nature of philosophy and the distinction between it and other disciplines, but believed that because of the way the book was written it was unclear whether their conclusions were correct or their views were fully intelligible.
They were like machines for wrong-footing their readers: anyone who queried them was obviously a chicken or a square. But in a perverse way they proved seductive too, not only in French but—perhaps especially—in the awkwardness of English translations: they were like a blast of fresh air, blowing away the cosy idea—very influential at that time—of a soft, interpretive world of human meaning as distinct from the hard-edged world of science. But by the times had changed; and so, it appears, had Deleuze and Guattari. The authors present themselves not as terrible young tearaways, but as piteous relics of a bygone age, a frail Don Quixote preparing to utter his lucidly disillusioned last words. Guattari died, aged sixty-two, shortly after the book was published; and Deleuze, who is five years older, has been famously unwell for years.
conception and practice of philosophy as conceptual creation poses . " Deleuze's and Guattari's personnages conceptuel has affiliations with Messiaen's .
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