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Becoming-Democratic

Paul Patton

in Deleuze and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.003.0009
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This chapter argues that the appearance of ‘becoming-democratic’ in What Is Philosophy? represents a new turn in Deleuze and Guattari's political thought, and renders explicit the reliance upon some of the political values which inform democratic constitutional politics that was implicit in their earlier work. As such, it does not imply any fundamental rupture in their approach to philosophy or to politics. The first two sections of the chapter argue for this diagnosis via an examination of Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of philosophy and the political. The final section draws upon elements of their earlier political philosophy to offer a more comprehensive account of what they might mean by ‘becoming-democratic’.

Keywords: Deleuze and Guattari; political thought; democratic constitutional politics

Chapter.  7576 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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