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Gilles Deleuze and the question of philosophy

Author: Philip Goodchild
Publisher: Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1996.
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In this book, author Philip Goodchild tries to uncover the image of thought used by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. He does so by focusing on the question, "What is philosophy?" posed implicitly throughout Deleuze's publications. Goodchild traces the development of a highly sophisticated, coherent, and rigorous practice of thought that underlies Deleuze's apparently flamboyant and anarchic discourse. This
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Goodchild, Philip, 1965-
Gilles Deleuze and the question of philosophy.
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1996
(OCoLC)605200400
Named Person: Gilles Deleuze; Gilles Deleuze
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Goodchild
ISBN: 0838636349 9780838636343
OCLC Number: 32664870
Description: 194 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Posing the Question --
2. Plane: "How Does Philosophy Relate to Non-Philosophy?" --
3. Line: "How Does Philosophy Relate to Itself?" --
4. Crystal: "How Does Philosophy Open Itself to an Outside?" --
5. Rethinking the Question --
6. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Philip Goodchild.

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In this book, author Philip Goodchild tries to uncover the image of thought used by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. He does so by focusing on the question, "What is philosophy?" posed implicitly throughout Deleuze's publications. Goodchild traces the development of a highly sophisticated, coherent, and rigorous practice of thought that underlies Deleuze's apparently flamboyant and anarchic discourse. This question of philosophy is posed in the context of an awareness of the historical, social, and cultural conditioning of a plurality of rationalities that bring into question the value of the philosophical enterprise as a whole. Deleuze meets this problem by identifying something "unthought" and "unthinkable" that conditions the way in which people do in fact think, and by directing philosophy toward this as its transcendental field. Philosophy is no longer seen as an attempt to ascertain, evaluate, criticize, or interpret knowledge or meaning, but is seen as an exercise in creating concepts for use in the practical problems of life. Ultimately, Deleuze's philosophy constructs an affirmative and interactive kind of social relation, which was embodied in his own intellectional relationship with Felix Guattari and which can form the basis for the organization of a new kind of society.

In conclusion, this book examines Deleuze's deepest metaphysical presuppositions and finds that, while a certain kind of materialism pervades Deleuze's thought, the practice of that thought also presupposes a kind of metaphysics of creative awareness, where planes, lines, and crystals are folded onto each other into a "fractal of philosophy." By rethinking the question of philosophy in Deleuze's thought, one can be led to open up a new meaning of life in terms of the "Transcendence" of this awareness to that which it conditions. The result is an escape from the dead ends of postmodern thought.

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