Ideas of Gilles Deleuze, by Theme

[French, 1925 - 1995, Professor at the University of Paris VII.]

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1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 1. History of Ideas
Nomads are the basis of history, and yet almost unknowable
1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 1. History of Philosophy
The history of philosophy is an agent of power: how can you think if you haven't read the great names?
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 1. Philosophy
Thought should be thrown like a stone from a war-machine
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly
Philosophy aims to become the official language, supporting orthodoxy and the state
1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 7. Limitations of Analysis
When I meet objections I just move one; they never contribute anything
1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 1. Continental Philosophy
'Difference' refers to that which eludes capture [May]
We must create new words, and treat them as normal, and as if designating real things.
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic
Don't assess ideas for truth or justice; look for another idea, and establish a relationship with it
Dualisms can be undone from within, by tracing connections, and drawing them to a new path
5. Theory of Logic / L. Paradox / 2. Aporiai
Before we seek solutions, it is important to invent problems
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / a. Nature of Being
'Being' is univocal, but its subject matter is actually 'difference'
Ontology can be continual creation, not to know being, but to probe the unknowable
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / c. Becoming
There is no being beyond becoming
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / i. Deflating being
Ontology does not tell what there is; it is just a strange adventure [May]
Being is a problem to be engaged, not solved, and needs a new mode of thinking [May]
Before Being there is politics
7. Existence / E. Categories / 5. Category Anti-Realism
We don't want another new set of categories; we want a variety of flexible categories [May]
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / d. Location of mind
A meeting of man and animal can be deterritorialization (like a wasp with an orchid)
16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 1. Self as Indeterminate
People consist of many undetermined lines, some rigid, some supple, some 'lines of flight'
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / b. Freedom of belief
Some lines (of flight) are becomings which escape the system
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 11. Capitalism
We are currently extending capitalism to the whole of society
25. Society / E. State Functions / 5. War
The State requires self-preservation, but the war-machine desires destruction