Claire Colebrook: Understanding Deleuze

22 October 2019

True thinking should confront all those bizarre and inhuman modes of imaging, from human stupidity and art to animal life and cinema, that create new perceivers and new worlds. Common sense and ordinary language work by metaphor and example, comparing and contrasting one thing with another. But philosophy, art and science need to break with these habitual modes of thinking, in order to confront just how it is that from the chaos of life and difference identifiable things— such as subjects and objects—emerge. (We also need to think of chaos, not as the negation or absence of order and difference, but as differences that have not yet been thought or encountered.) For this reason Deleuze’s writing is essentially difficult. Philosophy is creative and provocative, taking thought beyond recognition and common sense. In particular, philosophy requires stylistic invention.

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