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In their ultimate collaborative paintings, Deleuze and Guattari got down to handle the query, 'what is philosophy?' Their resolution is straightforward sufficient: philosophy 'is the artwork of forming, inventing and fabricating concepts'. during this booklet, Jeffrey A. Bell explores what that comprises.

Crucial to Deleuze and Guattari's realizing of this activity, Bell argues, is the idea that philosophy is necessary to a lifestyles good lived. Bell exhibits inspiration of studying is created in the course of the process the textual content, composed of 3 inseparable elements: philosophy, technological know-how and paintings. finally, What is Philosophy? might be understood as a meditation on a lifestyles good lived, with this idea of studying at its core.

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The proposition, "The King of France is bald," for example, would be true if there were a King of France who is bald. We will explore this theme in rnuch greater detail in Chapter 6, but for the moment it should be stressed that Deleuze and Guattari reject a purely extensional approach to the concept, and propose instead an alternative. Their reasoning is as follows: Confusing concept and proposition produces a beHef in the existence of scientific concepts and a view of the proposition as a genuine 'intension' (what the sentence expresses).

The staking of positions belongs to "scientific enunciation," as Deleuze and Guattari caU it, for the position one stakes in such discussions is relative to a state of affairs or situation that the discourse or discussion is about. Philosophy, however, is "not a discursive fonnation" and the "concept is not discursive" (WP 22/QP 27). Conversations and discussions, therefore, "always cornes too early or too late, and when it cornes to creating, conversation is always superfluous" (WP 28/ QP 32).

30. Ibid. 31. Gottlob Frege, "Comment on Sinn and Bedeutung," in The Frege Reader, ed. Michael Beaney (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997), p. 178. The standard translation of bedeutungslos is "meaningless" but that implies a word will have no sense; Frege's point is precisely that it may lack reference, and hence be bedeutungsloswhile still having sense, as in the case of fiction. 32. " In The Collected Dialogues of Plato, trans. Lane Cooper, ed. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

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