Monthly Archives: August 2017

OLD AGE AND (NEG-)ENTROPY: Notes on Deleuze and Guattari’s WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY (5)

Old age is usually thought of as a state of greater entropy, differences of potential are reduced, making change rarer and more difficult. Ageing progresses under the law of increasing entropy, until a final state is reached, one that can … Continue reading

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THREE SHADES OF CONCEPT: Notes on Deleuze and Guattari’s “What is Philosophy?” (4)

Philosophy, for Deleuze and Guattari, begins with a pathology, or a pathological process: a jolt, a shock, a malfunction, a wound, a delirium, a crack-up, sickness, old age. The task is extract the event in the state of affairs and … Continue reading

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MISTRUST THE CONCEPT: Notes on Deleuze and Guattari’s “What is Philosophy?” (3)

Chateaubriand published his Vie de Rancé in 1844, only four years before his death, at 80 years of age, in 1848. He lived to explore the continent of old age and taught us to distrust “old age in power”. This … Continue reading

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CONCEPTS OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Notes on Deleuze and Guattari’s “What is Philosophy?” (2)

Academic “normal” philosophy is much concerned with distinctions and determinations, classifications and demarcations, and rightly so. All thought is impregnated with theories and concepts, and we could not even get started if we were not already categorising and norming the … Continue reading

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IS OLD AGE A CONCEPT?: Notes on Deleuze and Guattari’s “What is Philosophy?” (1)

We already know Deleuze and Guattari’s answer to the question “What is philosophy?”, and they knew it too, for many years before writing the book. Now, however, they place themselves in an existential drama occurring in a particular life situation … Continue reading

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DREAM AND PHILOSOPHY (1): a democracy of dreamers

As a philosopher, but everyone is or can be a philosopher, my way is the way of dreams and of their dialogue. Arguments and analyses are important, but they take their place in the light of the dreams they express … Continue reading

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DIALOGUE UNBOUND: on the value of repeating oneself obsessively about the same old things

When I say that dialogue is avoided by some academics as it would be too traumatic for them, and that their careers are based on refusing, controlling, or repressing it, I am not just giving grandiloquent form to merely personal … Continue reading

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