The Partially Examined Life (to be published in a few weeks), I was inspired to give my rant on my own about this tome that changed my life. Hopefully, it makes sense.
Philosophy, for D&G, is not thinking about the so-called big
issues. It is, rather, the creation of concepts. Each philosopher — each
philosophy — asks different questions, poses different problems, and
creates concepts as solutions that make sense within that particular
field (what they call a "field of immanence").
have no need to argue and even less need to discuss — they run away
from discussions. Concepts and philosophies create immanent fields,
zones that enjoy an internal logic that is idiosyncratic, strange,
particular and, at the same time, overlaps and participates with other
What we're left with is this vision of philosophy, this image of thought, that is generous and multiple. Each philosophy is the center of philosophy, posing and resolving problems of its own intuition, its own thinking, its own perspective ("own," here, is qualified by the fact that everything is networked; network and immanence are not opposed; on the contrary.....).
Concepts are not true or false, right or wrong. They are either interesting, remarkable, and important — or they're not. There are many boring concepts. What makes a concept important is that it shifts the very manner in which we conceive of thinking, of what it means to think, of what it is to be one who thinks.
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