on 4 June 1999
Deleuze and Guattari's last cooperation marks out the distinctive force of philosophy as the creation of concepts in contrast to its rivals. Let us be clear this is quite simply an extraordinary book! Sure it comes in for a lot of criticism particulary for the departures it makes from Capitalism and Schizophrenia. However it is perhaps the finest exemplification of why Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy is amoung the most important of the age. Essentially a manifesto for immanence in thought, nonhierachically affirmed as philosophy, science and art, 'What is Philosophy?' is an intoxicated bath in that very immanence. In the tradition of the finest moments of Spinoza, Schelling, Bergson etc, this book sweeps us off our feet, to create a positive conception of thought that provides a refreshing antidote to the pessimism of the concept we find throughout modern philosophy from Adorno to Derrida. The message is that thinking is as possible and urgent as ever. Read this book! No more important work of Philosophy has appeared in the 1990's!
on 6 January 2014
The person who reviewed this book negatively was most definitely looking for a book on the history of philosophy. A history of philosophy this book is not! Deleuze is a philosopher of the finest kind, he writes, thinks, creates philosophy. He does not write anthologies. Having clarified that, this is one of the most compelling and stunning books on the subject of thought you will ever read. Deleuze, both alone and with the invaluable contribution of Guattari like in this case, remains one of the most attractive, free, sophisticated and luminous minds to ever populate social sciences.
on 5 December 2010
Please, don't listen to the above review of Dr. Thomas.
Philosophy is associated with questioning, but questioning it's own practice is very rare. This attempt by Deleuze, to associate philosophy with the creation of concepts (a theme of creation inherited from Nietzsche, given an epistemological twist) is novel and fun; and every continental philosopher should read this book.
Don't read this book if you want to use philosophy, read it if you want to understand.