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The Force of the VirtualDeleuze, Science, and Philosophy$
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Peter Gaffney

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.001.0001

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The Image of Thought and the Sciences of the Brain after What Is Philosophy?

The Image of Thought and the Sciences of the Brain after What Is Philosophy?

(p.255) Chapter 10 The Image of Thought and the Sciences of the Brain after What Is Philosophy?
The Force of the Virtual

Arkady Plotnitsky

University of Minnesota Press

In What Is Philosophy? Deleuze and Guattari define thought as a confrontation with chaos. It is their concept and part of their image of thought—“the image of thought that thought gives itself of what it means to think.” The architecture of this concept and the lineaments of this image are multifaceted and complex. This chapter explores those facets of this concept and image that relate to the sciences of the brain—neurology, physiology, psychology, and others. It focuses primarily on neuroscience, following Deleuze and Guattari’s argument in their conclusion to What Is Philosophy?, which extends their concept of thought to a correlative philosophical concept of the brain, in their sense of “philosophical concept.” A philosophical concept in this sense is not an entity established by a generalization from particulars or “any general or abstract idea” but instead a complex phenomenal configuration.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Guattari, thought, chaos, science, brain, neuroscience

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