January 20, 2005

Zone of indiscernibility between philosophy, art and science

Follow-up to Opinion from Transversality - Robert O'Toole

In What Is Philosophy? Deleuze and Guattari seem to argue for a strong division between philosophy, art and science. This could be a reaction to criticism of their earlier collaborations. But do they only go so far as to say that the different disciplines (machinic phyla) have different aims and different methods, whilst still maintaining that they do pass through chaosmosis together, sharing zones of indiscernibility? That would be more in keeping with their earlier work. And what is the nature of this transversality? Just opinion? Or are there more sophisticated (viral, germinal) mechanisms at work?

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  1. I am puzzled by this rigorous distinction between philosophy, art and science too. It takes away original creativity from Philosophy which worries me. This strong distinction is even more astonishing when considering that they draw strongly on Nietzsche who certainly would have been unhappy with such a move…

    05 Feb 2005, 11:03

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