Deleuze and Guattari on Discussing Philosophy (on a blog)

A great quote posted by Matthew Segall at Footnotes 2 Plato from Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy? that is appropriate for the blogosphere.

Footnotes2Plato

From chapter 1 of What Is Philosophy?:

“Discussions are fine for roundtable talks, but philosophy throws its numbered dice on another table. The best one can say about discussions is that they take things no further, since the participants never talk about the same thing. Of what concern is it to philosophy that someone has such a view, and thinks this or that, if the problems at stake are not stated? And when they are stated, it is no longer a matter of discussing but rather one of creating concepts for the undiscussible problem posed. Communication always comes too early or too late, and when it comes to creating, conversation is always superfluous. SOmetimes philosophy is turned into the idea of a perpetual discussion, as “communicative rationality,” or as “universal democratic conversation.” Nothing is less exact, and when philosophers criticize each other it is on the basis of problems and…

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