Patching Up The Broken Umbrella And Hugging The Trees: Deleuze's Wanderings In The Forest
In a passage in What Is Philosophy? Deleuze and Guattari (admiringly) quote D. H. Lawrence,
In a violently poetic text,
This is also a definition of Deleuze’s own philosophy of becoming, even if he is always careful in his traditional and bourgeois categorizations to adhere to the triad of Art, Science and Philosophy.
As he writes (in op. cit.) philosophy is likewise in labor,
Philosophy (thus) lives in a permanent crisis. The plane takes effect through shocks, concepts proceed in bursts, and personae by spasms. The relationship among the three instances is problematic by nature (p. 82)
In his celebration of rhizomatic thought, concept creation, vitalistic and constructivist thinking, the generative chaos on the plane of immanence, and life-affirming expansion he is actually hiding under the umbrella of traditionalist Western philosophical binary thought. He is, in other words, hugging the tree of 'arborescent' thinking that he so opposes.
Arbolic thought is said to be linear, hierarchic, sedentary, and full of segmentation and striation. Arbolic thought is State philosophy. It is the force behind the major sciences. Arbolic thought is represented by the tree-like structure of genealogy, branches that continue to subdivide into smaller and lesser categories. Arbolic thought is vertical and stiff.
Deleuze’s own philosophy is a virtual rain forest of binary thinking. There are trees everywhere:
Different planes, strata, virtual / real, chaos / order, molar / molecular, deterritorialization / dedeterritorialization, lines of flight (presupposing enslavement), micro / macropolitics, plateaus (presupposing valleys), concepts / opinions, difference (presupposing sameness), control society (presupposing free ditto), segmentation (presupposing space), multiplicities (presupposing oneness), identity (presupposing individuation) etc.
Is Deleuze really “desiring his own suppression”?
(more to come)