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What Is Philosophy?

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Called by many France's leading intellectual, Gilles Deleuze is one of the most important philosophers in the Western world. His acclaimed works and celebrated collaborations with Felix Guattari have established him as a seminal figure in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, and literary theory. The publication of What Is Philosophy? marks the culmination of Deleuze ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 23rd 1996 by Columbia University Press (first published 1991)
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Intricate and extremely rich, maybe a wee bit complicated for a rookie philosopher (= me), this book allows to grasp the beauty of Deleuze's complex writing, developing some of the authors' favored themes (the "concept", the "plan d'immanence", and interrelationships between philosophy, science and art).
Jan 27, 2010 Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophy Fans
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The question of what philosophy even is recurs often. Few thinkers can leave it alone for long, least of all the French. In a complete rethinking of the problem, Deleuze and Gauttari turn to the world of experience: our sensations, which build into percepts that build out our concepts that build out our propositions. So located, the authors identify philosophy as the creation of the concept. They further identify and describe two other fields of human endeavor, science and art.

Two parts make up
Joaquin Siabra-Fraile
El libro se compone de dos partes. En la primera se caracteriza a la filosofía como la disciplina que se dedica a la creación de conceptos. Según esto, un filósofo es aquel que compone unos ciertos ingredientes en una unidad inseparable, y tal composición está firmada con su nombre. P.ej, el cogito de Descartes, la mónada de Leibniz o el sujeto trascendental de Kant serían tres conceptos de subjetividad que comparten ciertos componentes, pero la unidad que consigue cada filósofo es distinta (p.e ...more
I enjoyed the two major endeavors of the book: 1) a definition of philosophy as the creation of concepts through the use of conceptual personae and 2) the subsequent comparison of philosophy with art and science when it comes to dealing with chaos. Much of the rest, despite Deleuze's incredible knowledge and insight, felt tangential and even uninteresting. During his (not-so) brief forays into geophilosophy, Godel's theorem, artistic perception, & logical deduction, I often felt the need to ...more
Woah. When its clear, its brilliant. The concept, the plane of immanence, conceptual personae, all original and incredibly provocative ideas. I can't help but admire anyone who can create a philosophical system that is so totally its own thing. I don't really have the grounding to understand most of the math and science stuff, and it can get REALLY opaque at times. The stuff on literature and visual art though is really fantastic. For some reason this one line in the conclusion hit me like a bri ...more
Cary Aurand
Feb 02, 2008 Cary Aurand rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: passionate philosophers
this is one of the most profound and passionate works of philosophy i have ever read. D&G's last collaboration, it deals with everything from philosophy to psychology to advertising to 18th century french literature (and a strange fascination with Moby Dick). This book will wreck your world and make your head hurt, but it's irresistibly passionate. It's a revitalizing account of what philosophy (and life) should (and cold) be.
منى كريم
Philosophy is not 'to invent concepts' but 'to create' them!
Hevel Cava
Brilliant, excellent and captivating...!
another text I tried to read cold, 3 years ago. not easy. have read much philosophy since, some Bergson is useful as deleuze refers to him, but I can not yet say I understood it all this time. I did enjoy reading it, and must simply say I am confused on a higher plane... and planes are what they are about here, 'planes of immanence', 'planes of transcendence', various sort of 'thought planes', populated by 'concepts'. was able, this time, to think of these 'planes' like the images of space-time ...more
Много приятно четиво, но заглавието малко подвежда, защото традицията на пост-модернизма доста се е вплела в интерпретациите им. Затова не е добра като начало за хора, които искат да се запознаят с развитието на идеите във философията.
Two philosophical types from France write about one of their favorite realms of human endeavor. The question has a short answer (the creation of concepts) but their longer answer gives one insight into why someone should even care to ask.

I have to admit, there were parts of this book that had me reeling; hopelessly confused, the best I could do was stumble on and hope that eventually the fog would recede. Because I used to be a terrible drunk this wasn't too difficult to do (or particularly worr
Ah, Deleuze and Guattari's last collaboration. The things I love about Deleuze are here, but so are my reservations. Namely the general opacity and the suspicious use of mathematical metaphor. Or not-metaphor, or whatever. But, as always, their observations on art are amazing, and their larger scale philosophical system remains so brilliant. The value of this book lies in their defense of philosophy and the need for such a system. A sort of Deleuze-on-Deleuze.
Gregor Kamnikar
It is a pinnacle of collaboration between these two fine thinkers. Amazing zipping of information in such small package :-) One of rare books that made me jump out of bed screaming "yessssss". Such a clever articulation of facts of life.

I was given this book to review though I am not a reviewer or prolific philosophy reader.
A little obtuse. It was Deleuze and Guattari's last collaboration, so it's quite interesting in light of their other work, though it lacks the same level of productivity as, say, 'A Thousand Plateaus.' Maybe I just enjoyed the concrete nature of ATP (not to mention the brilliant construction) and so the obtuseness of WIP threw me off.

If you want to get a close look at the beating heart of Deleuze and Guatarri's thoughts this is the book. This provides a very dense statement of the way they see everything. If you want to understand any and all other of their books, read this one first.
James Lavender
some final clues as to what it was, exactly, that d&g had been doing their whole lives; and a moving plea for its value and its force.
you want to create concepts and then address them appropriately. that's what philosophy is for. and everything else worth doing.
Stuart Cooke
A remarkable last will & testament. Philosophy, art & science traced to the edges of chaos.
Hossein Taghinejad
Foucault: perhaps one day this century will be known as Deleuzian.
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Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, crea ...more
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