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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
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Published May 23rd 1996 by Columbia University Press (first published 1991)
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Mohammadjavad Abbasi
Aug 09, 2015 Mohammadjavad Abbasi marked it as to-read
خیلی کتاب ثقیل و سخت فهمی است.حتی مقدمه کتاب را با اینکه دو بار خوندم چیزی نفهمیدم شاید ترجمه کتاب بد باشد نمیدونم.میگذارم چند سال دیگه بخونم:)
Alex Lee
Jun 05, 2015 Alex Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, philosophy
I read this book three times over 10 years, before I really began to appreciate it. In a way, A Thousand Plateau's success kind of blinded people to what Deleuze and Guattari were doing. So this next book, feels more like a snap back. It's not the poetry approach, it's not the postmodernism. Here's an analytic account of concepts. What makes a concept? How does it work?

What is Philosophy comes close to approximating the relationship between domains and logic. But there is still a tendency here t
Birbirleriyle celisen topolojik kurmacalar, once metafizige varan belirlenmecilik, ardindan gunah cikarir gibi geri adim atmalar, sanki daha once anlatilmis gibi davrandigi ama her nedense anlatmayi unuttugu ve isin ozune tekabul eden fikirler. Hegel'in yaptigini yapmaya calisip, bu yolda kaybolan kendine guvenli bir kisi daha. Bir filozof degil, donanimli bir entellektuel. Ama o kadar.

Asagidaki ornekler aldigim notlardan buraya yazmak istediklerim. Bu fikrilerin sonuclarinin analizini de icermi
May 03, 2013 Montriblood rated it really liked it
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).
Zaman Ali
Mar 07, 2017 Zaman Ali rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, philosophy
Philosophy is in everything of life and no one could explain it completely but this book is good attempt for describing it and for certain level of understanding and people should need to read it for one good perspective of philosophy.
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
Cary Aurand
Feb 02, 2008 Cary Aurand rated it it was amazing
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.
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Mar 17, 2013 нєνєℓ ¢ανα rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, excellent and captivating...!
Jan 20, 2010 Tyler rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Philosophy Fans
Shelves: philosophy
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
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later addition: 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 image ...more
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Bilim- Sanat- Felsefe üçünün ortak noktası, üçünün arasındaki farklar temel konusu kitabın. Kitabın ilk yarısını bazı yerlerin iki üç kez üstünden geçmem gerekse de anladım kısmen. Ama ikinci bölümün başında hem yoruldum ve ikinci kez okumayı da bıraktığım için pek kavrayamadım söylemeye çalıştığı şeyi. Ama son alt bölüm olan ve sanat-felsefe ikilisini ele alan Algılam, Duygulam ve Kavram'ı okurken özellikle çok zevk aldım. Bence sanata kafa yoranların okuması gereken bir bölüm.

Ama genel olarak
Jul 09, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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
Jul 30, 2011 Dan rated it liked it
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
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.
Hossein Taghinejad
Oct 26, 2013 Hossein Taghinejad rated it it was amazing
Foucault: perhaps one day this century will be known as Deleuzian.
David M
Obscene graffiti in the margins of Kant.
Ayoub Radil
كتاب عميق، لم أفهم بعض الفقرات و كأني أمام الهيروغليفية، يبقى أهم شيء أنه رصد المفوم بشكل عجيب، قال عنه ميشيل فوكو أنه فيلسوف المستقبل.
منى كريم
Philosophy is not 'to invent concepts' but 'to create' them!
JJ Weber
Jul 03, 2016 JJ Weber rated it it was amazing
I think I get Deleuze now. Wish I had read this before reading Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
May 28, 2017 KSE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Western thought isn't usually my jam, but it works a when it's concise: "Every sensation is a question, even if the only answer is silence."
Sep 30, 2016 Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's at least a double kind of misdirection involved in the seemingly innocent title of Deleuze and Guattari's last and powerfully written book: What Is Philosophy? (WIP). To start, this isn't at all a book for beginners, those wandering into philosophy for the first time, looking to get a handle on what exactly all the fuss is about. Written at the twilight of their careers (Guattari would die a year after its publication, Deleuze three years later), WIP is a condensation of two lifetimes of ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deleuze
This review functions partially as review and partially as personal annotation.

This book is a phenomenal read. One of the best that I have read in a while. The final work between Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. This book is dense – not near as dense as either of the volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia – but dense none the less. When one reads Deleuze and Guattari, it may be best to read them backwards, traveling from What is Philosophy? towards A Thousand Plateaus before moving on to Ant
Aug 25, 2013 Ekaterina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereading, philosophy
Творческий тандем французского философа Жиля Делёза (1925-1995) и психоаналитика Феликса Гваттари (1930-1992) подарил миру три замечательные работы: фундаментальное исследование "Капитализм и шизофрения", биографию Кафки и спокойное размышление «Что такое философия?». Как настоящие французы, они подходят к изложению своих идей окольными путями, так что чтение книги можно сравнить с долгим заплывом в красивое море слов: ты плывешь мимо цитат и обрывков идей, а потом вдруг из тумана и дымки просту ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
En este terreno deberá emerger una nueva noción de “comunes”. Deleuze y Guattari sostienen en ¿Qué es la filosofía? que en la era contemporánea y en el contexto de la producción comunicativa e interactiva, la construcción de conceptos no es sólo una operación epistemológica sino igualmente un proyecto ontológico. La construcción de conceptos y los que ellos denominan “nombres comunes” es en verdad una actividad que combina la inteligencia y la acción de la multitud, haciéndolas trabajar juntas. ...more
Ayanna Dozier
Aug 03, 2014 Ayanna Dozier rated it it was amazing
Simply put, this is by far the best philosophical book I have read thus far in my academic career. Deleuze and Guattari clearly articulate the problems with philosophical thought and provide alternatives for thinking, existing, and navigating the concept of being in society. I am particularly fond of how they re-examine philosophy and take into consideration the role of the body which "traditional" philosophy constantly tries to do away with. This is crucial becomes it helps (in terms of literat ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Wim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wat is filosofie? GD en FG geven een bizar antwoord (geparafraseerd "filosofie is het exclusieve domein van conceptcreatie") en verwoorden het op ongelofelijk dense wijze. de stukjes waar ze wetenschappelijke terminologie gebruiken maken duidelijk dat ze iets te veel hooi op hun vork nemen, tenzij hun plan is om openlijk toe te geven dat ze ermee aan het lachen zijn. in dat geval nemen ze de exact juiste hoeveelheid met hooi op hun vork. in de laatste 2p is er een grappige twist waarin ze min of ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Ross rated it it was ok
Deleuze and Guattari’s final collaboration attempts to set philosophy apart from other creative disciplines by claiming that philosophy and philosophy alone (not science, and not art) is the creation of concepts. Science, they say, creates functions, and art creates blocks of sensation. By differentiating between the logical process of philosophy, which they say deals with the constitution of events, and that of science, which they say deals with the properties of constituted things, I believe D ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Artemisa Bravo Rueda
Podemos decir que en este libro Deleuze y Guattari predican con el ejemplo: es decir, consiguen exponer lo que es la filosofía haciendo lo que ellos consideran que es filosofía. Me ha fascinado la forma que tienen estos autores de comprender la filosofía, la ciencia y el arte. Personalmente, y exceptuando algunos puntos en los que creo que el libro se enrevesa innecesariamente, me ha encantado: nutritivo e inspirador ¿Se le puede pedir algo más a un libro de filosofía?
Gregor Kamnikar
Aug 13, 2011 Gregor Kamnikar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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.
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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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