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Deleuze and Politics$
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Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632879

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.001.0001

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(p.178) Chapter 9 Becoming-Democratic
Deleuze and Politics

Paul Patton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that the appearance of ‘becoming-democratic’ in What Is Philosophy? represents a new turn in Deleuze and Guattari's political thought, and renders explicit the reliance upon some of the political values which inform democratic constitutional politics that was implicit in their earlier work. As such, it does not imply any fundamental rupture in their approach to philosophy or to politics. The first two sections of the chapter argue for this diagnosis via an examination of Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of philosophy and the political. The final section draws upon elements of their earlier political philosophy to offer a more comprehensive account of what they might mean by ‘becoming-democratic’.

Keywords:   Deleuze and Guattari, political thought, democratic constitutional politics

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