Practising Philosophy

Jon Roffe

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 20, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Auditorium
format: in words
practice: philosophy
keywords: plane of immanence

abstract about the author(s)


Deleuze and Guattari’s answer to the question “what is philosophy?” is well-known: philosophy is the creation of  concepts, along with its attendant plane of  immanence   (or image of thought) and the conceptual personae, from whose point of view the concept allows us to think. But what is largely absent from both What is Philosophy? and Deleuze’s work more generally are reflections on the character of philosophical practice for philosophers themselves. What is it like to be a philosopher, and what is the practice of creating concepts like?

The aim of this paper is to examine three moments in which the practice of philosophy appears on its own terms in Deleuze’s body of  work, found respectively in Difference  and Repetition, Logic of Sense, and (indeed) in What is Philosophy? I would like to argue that the picture he gives us is rather more negative than might be expected, and can be characterised by four key terms: dispossession, assembly, co-adaptation, and repetition.

about the author(s)

Jon Roffe

Jon Roffe is Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He teaches at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and is an editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze’s Empiricism and Subjectivity: A Critical Introduction and Guide (forthcoming, EUP), Badiou’s Deleuze (Acumen 2012), The Works of Gilles Deleuze (forthcoming,, and the collection of aphorisms Muttering for the Sake of Stars (Surpllus 2012). He is co-author of Lacan Deleuze Badiou (EUP 2014) and co-editor of Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage (EUP 2009), Deleuze and the Non/ Human (forthcoming, Palgrave), and Understanding Derrida (Continuum 2004).

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University of New South Wales, Melbourne, AU


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