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In Search of a New Image of ThoughtGilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism$
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Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678020

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.001.0001

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Notes from A Thought Experiment: What Is A Rhizome? (Ca. 1976)

Notes from A Thought Experiment: What Is A Rhizome? (Ca. 1976)

(p.45) 2 Notes from A Thought Experiment: What Is A Rhizome? (Ca. 1976)
In Search of a New Image of Thought

Gregg Lambert

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the concept of the rhizome as set forth by Deleuze and Guattari. The rhizome is essentially another metaphor of the “image of thought”—it is similar to the Proustian spider, in that the rhizome is partly animal and partly herbal. What is subtracted from the totality is a vertical dimension that allows its form to be grasped from another perspective that is posed as its higher unity. Again, it is a flat surface composed horizontally that remains perfectly abstract in that it is drawn in relation to a plane of immanence that, in turn, it does not seek to represent as an image of the world. It is purely immanent to the plane on which it appears as a plateau or partial region of the plane, like the manner in which weeds appear like patchwork on a meadow.

Keywords:   rhizome, Deleuze, Guattari, Proustian spider, immanence, plateau, image of thought

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