Reading Deleuze and Guattari: The Pedagogy of the Concept in What Is Philosophy?

Sketching a Present

What does this phrase—”the pedagogy of the concept”—mean? Near the end of their introduction to What Is Philosophy? Deleuze and Guattari make several baffling claims about the philosophical concept:

[T]he concept is not given, it is created; it is to be created. It is not formed but posits itself in itself—it is a self-positing. Creation and self-positing mutually imply each other because what is truly created, from the living being to the work of art, thereby enjoys a self-positing of itself, or an autopoetic characteristic by which it is recognized. (11)

They continue:

[. . .] Hegel showed that the concept has nothing whatever to do with a general or abstract idea, any more than with an uncreated Wisdom that does not depend on philosophy itself. [. . . Yet t]he post-Kantians concentrated on a universal encyclopedia of the concept that attributed concept creation to a pure subjectivity rather than…

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