Miguel de Beistegui

in Immanence - Deleuze and Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638307
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671816 | DOI:

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This chapter asks whether immanence can itself become an object of thought, can be turned into something which thought could hold up before itself, and clarify completely. Philosophical concepts are neither objects of contemplation, nor acts of reflection, nor innate or a priori structures, nor even protocols of communication. Rather, they are processes of creation. The creation of concepts always presupposes a proper name, or a signature. It then explores the second major thesis of What is Philosophy? introduced immediately after that concerning the creation of concepts. Philosophy begins with concepts, but finds itself instituted or established through a plane, which it draws and which is itself pre- conceptual. The singularity and difficulty of Deleuzian thought lies in the double axiom constitutive of its image. Immanence turns out to be the ‘cornerstone’ of philosophy.

Keywords: immanence; creation; concepts; What is Philosophy; Deleuzian thought; philosophy; object of thought

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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