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Deleuze and the Social$
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Martin Fuglsang and Bent Meier Sorensen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620920

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620920.001.0001

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Order, Exteriority and Flat Multiplicities in the Social

Order, Exteriority and Flat Multiplicities in the Social

(p.20) (p.21) Chapter 1 Order, Exteriority and Flat Multiplicities in the Social
Deleuze and the Social

Paul Patton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the issues of order, exteriority, and flat multiplicities in the social in relation to the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It discusses Deleuze and Guattari's suggestion in What is Philosophy? that all thinking is a way of bringing order out of chaos, whether it takes place in the form of art, philosophy or science. It also explains their argument that certain contingent features of social life in ancient Greece provided the conditions under which philosophical thought could emerge and that all philosophy is geophilosophy in the sense that it is marked by certain features of the time and place in which it is carried out.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, order, exteriority, flat multiplicities, philosophy, thinking, social life, Greece, philosophical thought

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