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Monday, August 27, 2018

Giles Deleuze and creation

Giles Deleuze (1925-1995) was a French philosopher best known for his analysis of literature, metaphysics and art. Philosopher Jon Roffe said,


"Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, post-structuralism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought." (Gilles Deleuze, 2002)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Deleuze.




"Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter." (


"Paradox is the pathos or the passion of philosophy." (


"What counts is the question, of what is a body capable? And thereby he sets out on of the most fundamental questions in his whole philosophy..." (Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, 1990)




"Creation takes place in bottlenecks... it's by banging your head on the wall that you find a way through... You have to open up words, break things open, to free earth's vectors." (


"So it's not a problem of getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say." (Negotiations, 1990)


"To write is to struggle and resist; to write is to become; to write is to draw a map: I am a cartographer." (Foucault, 1986)


"To affirm is not to bear, carry, or harness oneself to that which exists, but on the contrary to unburden, unharness, and set free that which lives." (Nietzsche and Philosophy, 1962)


"Every time someone puts an objection to me, I want to say, 'OK, OK, let's go on to something else'. Objections have never contributed anything." (


Intuition and reason


"Intuition is neither a feeling, an inspiration nor a disorderly sympathy but a fully developed method." (


"It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality." (Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 1972)


"Underneath all reason lies delirium and drift." (