For: Research Master and PhD Students
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Organizer: Halbe Kuipers
On the 19th of May NICA and the ASCA Deleuze Reading Group will host a workshop devoted to the last book Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari wrote, What Is Philosophy? (1991; 1994). In this workshop we will attempt to problematise the book, departing from why this particular question — considering that both have spent a lifetime renouncing any essentialist questions favouring the more pragmatic ones in terms of what does something do. In such, the workshop means to delve into the work investigating, in turn, what it does or means to do.
We will consider what place the book has within the oeuvre of Deleuze and Guattari; what the relation was between Deleuze and Guattari at this stage of their lives, as friends; how and why thought itself, and thus the act of doing philosophy, seems to gain a central role once again in this work; and how we can understand this as a pedagogy, which somehow resists the forces of the globalized market and its excess of communication: “We do not lack communication. On the contrary, we have too much of it. We lack creation. We lack resistance to the present.”
Professor Jeffrey A Bell will be present to guide us through Deleuze and Guattari’s famous construction of a tri-partite setup of philosophy, science and art, and to help grasp the many difficult philosophical, scientific and artistic lines that they pick up on while developing this construction. While the workshop aims to investigates the necessity of this book, equal attention will be given to the development and distinction of certain concepts, to their relation to the other fields and to their specificity in regard to the planes whereupon Deleuze and Guattari see them work.
Jeffrey Bell holds the Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Teaching Professorship and is Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. His books include Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference, Deleuze’s Hume: Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish Enlightenment, and Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy?: a Critical Introduction and Guide. Bell has also co-edited several books and written numerous essays and chapters on intellectual history, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of film. Bell is currently at work on his next book, Continental Metaphysics, where he develops the implications of recent work within the continental tradition in philosophy on metaphysics and he connects this work with traditional metaphysical problems and issues.
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. What Is Philosophy? (218)
Gilles Deleuze, “Immanence: A Life”, in Pure Immanence: Essays on A Life. p. 25-33. (8)
Giorgo Agamben. “Absolute Immanence” in Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy. ed and trans. Daniel Heller-
Roazen. California: Stanford University Press, 1999. p. 220-241. (21)
Giorgo Agamben. “Art and Resistance” Lecture at AGS. (42 min)
Gilles Deleuze. “Spinoza and Us” in Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. p. 122-130 (9)
Jeffrey A Bell Introduction to What Is Philosophy? (246)
Isabelle Stengers. “Gilles Deleuze’s last message.” (7)