The Energonomics of Thinking

23 June 2007 at 11:53 pm Leave a comment

I was peeking into Massumi’s A user’s guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari and came across the following passage in which Massumi describes their philosophy as the pragmatic invention of concepts:

Most of all, the reader is invited to lift a dynamism out of the book and incarnate it in a foreign medium, whether painting or politics. Deleuze and Guattari delight in stealing from other disciplines, and they are more than happy to return the favor. Deleuze [sic] own image for a concept not as a brick but as a “tool box” [sic]. He calls his kind of philosophy “pragmatics” because its goal is the invention of conceptsw that do not add up to a system of belief or an architecture of propositions that you either enter or you don’t, but instead pack a potential in the way a crowbar in a willing hand envelops an energy of prying. (8)

Concepts (words, thoughts) as being full of a potential energy able to make a difference in the world: this is the energonomics that follows from humans consuming calories.

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Entry filed under: art, Deleuze, energonomics, philosophy.

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