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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.

We Strive for the Forbidden

by ds1844

Nitimur in Vetitum” Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, 4.

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.

Fluidity as True Progress

by ds1844

“The form is fluid, the ‘meaning’ [Sinn] even more so. It is no different inside any individual organism: every time the whole grows appreciably, the ‘meaning’ of the individual organs shifts, sometimes the partial destruction of organs, the reduction in their number (for example, by the destruction of intermediary parts) can be a sign of increasing vigour and perfection. To speak plainly: even the partial reduction in usefulness, decay and degeneration, loss of meaning and functional purpose, in short death, make up the conditions of true progressus: always appearing, as it does, in the form of the will and way to greater power and always emerging victorious at the cost of countless smaller forces.” Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, Essay II:12, 51.

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.