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Category: Gilles Deleuze

Philosophy as Guerrilla War

by ds1977

“Philosophy isn’t a power: religions, States, capitalism, science, the law, public opinion, and television are powers, but not philosophy. Not being a power, philosophy can’t battle with the powers that be, but it does fight a war without battles – a guerrilla campaign – against them. And it can’t converse with them, it’s got nothing to tell them, nothing to communicate, and can only negotiate. Since the powers aren’t just external things, but permeate each of us, philosophy throws us all into constant negotiations with – and a guerrilla campaign against – ourselves.” Gilles Deleuze, Negotiations.

How to Philosophize with a Hammer

by ds1844

“Turning thought into something aggressive, active and affirmative. Creating free men, that is to say men who do not confuse the aims of culture with the benefit of the State, morality or religion. Fighting the ressentiment and bad conscience which have replaced thought for us. Conquering the negative and its false glamour. The use of philosophy is to sadden.” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 106.

A Rediscovery of the Untimely

by ds1844

“What is clear for Nietzsche is that society cannot be an ultimate authority. The ultimate authority is creation, it is art: or rather, art represents the absence and the impossibility of an ultimate authority.” Gilles Deleuze, Desert Islands, 129.

The Noble Affinity of Thought and Life?

by ds1844

“Life making thought active, thought making life affirmative.” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 101.

Sense and Subjectification

by ds1977

“Speech-acts don’t establish or share or communicate a truth-relation to the world, but establish or transform the sense of what must or can be said about the world.” Eugene Holland, Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, 79.

Willing Liberates

by ds1844

“The will to power is essentially creative and giving: it does not aspire, it does not seek, it does not desire, above all it does not desire power. It gives: power is something inexpressible in the will (something mobile, variable, plastic); power is in the will as “the bestowing virtue”, through power the will itself bestows sense and value.” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 85.

Negation as Joyous Affirmation

by ds1844

“There is something in the Nietzschean notion of value to explode all recognized, established values, something to create, in a state of permanent creation, new things that escape all recognition and every establishment. There you have a positive getting back to Nietzsche, how to philosophize with a hammer: never what is known, but a great destruction of the known, for the creation of the unknown.” Gilles Deleuze, Desert Islands, 136.

Lateral Thinking

by ds1844

“A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.” Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Translator’s Foreword, xii.

Outside Thought

by ds1977

“The critical task of outside thought, a task that is always untimely, is to untangle the lines that cut across, like a machine, the recent past and the near future. The thinker of the outside uses history excessively for the sake of something beyond or alien to it, thinking out of time for the sake of time, which amounts to becoming something other than what history has made us and wishes to make of us. It is thus incumbent upon outside philosophy to philosophize in the most radical manner conceivable, doing violence to the mind by breaking both with the natural bent of the intellect and with the habits of scientific praxis. One is reminded of Lyotard’s ‘monstrous’ insight that the activity of thinking and writing belongs to the mode of existence in which each person escapes all control, including – especially – their own.” Keith Ansell Pearson, Deleuze Outside/Outside Deleuze, 2

It is Not Easy to be a Free Man

by ds1977

“It is not easy to be a free man, to flee the plague, organize encounters, increase the power to act, to be moved by joy, to multiply the affects which express or encompass a maximum of affirmation. To make the body a power which is not reducible to the organism, to make thought a power which is not reducible to consciousness.” – Deleuze and Parnet, Dialogues 62