What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?

Paperback European Perspectives

By (author) Gilles Deleuze, By (author) Felix Guattari, Translated by Janis A. Tomlinson, Translated by Hugh Tomlinson, Translated by Graham Burchell

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 231mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 23 May 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231079893
  • ISBN 13: 9780231079891
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 54,654

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Called by many France's foremost philosopher, Gilles Deleuze is one of the leading thinkers in the Western World. His acclaimed works and celebrated collaborations with Felix Guattari have established him as a seminal figure in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy. The long-awaited publication of What is Philosophy? in English marks the culmination of Deleuze's career. Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts, seeing as means of confronting chaos, and challenge the common view that philosophy is an extension of logic. The authors also discuss the similarities and distinctions between creative and philosophical writing. Fresh anecdotes from the history of philosophy illuminate the book, along with engaging discussions of composers, painters, writers, and architects. A milestone in Deleuze's collaboration with Guattari, What is Philosophy? brings a new perspective to Deleuze's studies of cinema, painting, and music, while setting a brilliant capstone upon his work.

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Gilles Deleuze was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He died in November 1995. Among his many works are The Logic of Sense, Difference and Repetition, and Nietzche and Philosophy, all published by Columbia University Press.Felix Guattari, a practicing psychoanalyst in Paris until his death in 1992, collaborated with Deleuze on four books, including Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.

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"Packed with insights into historical periods, art, and philosophy...a particular strength of the book is the depth of its exploration of philosophical concepts--both what they are and what they presuppose. A pleasure to read, this is a rigorous structural reflection of the philosophical concept and a genuine contribution to philosophy. Highly recommended." -- R. E. Palmer, "Humanities"

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Deleuze and Guattari differentiate between philosophy, science, and the arts--seeing each as a means of confronting chaos--and challenge the common view that philosophy is an extension of logic. The authors also discuss the similarities and distinctions between creative and philosophical writing. Fresh anecdotes from the history of philosophy illuminate this book, along with engaging discussions of composers, painters, writers, and architects.

Table of contents

Translators' IntroductionIntroduction: The Question Then...Part One. PhilosophyI. What Is a Concept?2. The Plane of Immanence3. Conceptual Personae4. GeophilosophyPart Two. Philosophy, Science, Logic, and Art5. Functives and Concepts6. Prospects and Concepts7. Percept, Affect, and ConceptConclusion: From Chaos to the BrainNotesIndex