The idiot: Deleuze’s concept of political ethics and creativity

In the immanence philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, there are 3 aspects connected to each others:

  • The plane of immanence as the founding concept of ontology, in opposition to transcendance
  • The concept that is a pure creation out of the interacting multiplicities 
  • The conceptual personage which is the link between the plane of immanence and the concept

The original element in What is Philosophy? in which Deleuze and Guattari define philosophy, is by far the conceptual personage which has humanistic traits and produces concepts and philosophical systems. The conceptual personage is the idiot. The word idiot here is to be understood upon the greek etymology, idiotes, meaning the singular, the peculiar, the unique. Therefore, every personage, every system is unique: The Cogito of Descartes, the Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, Dostoievski’s Idiot etc., are all unique moments in life, events that pushed philosophy into becomings. Without them, philosophy would have remained the same. 

On the other hand, the same deleuzian idiotic element is to be found in politics. According to Deleuze, the world does not have much to offer to us since all its macro political systems failed to make humankind happy, safe, prosperous. Therefore, what is required now is to be idiots, as in to be sensitive to all the micro political movements or the desire, to be able te read the virtual (or the desire, again) about to actualize itself in a new event, creating some becomings in the political scene. Brexit is an idiot in a deleuzian sense (regardless the consequences of this decision), wars everywhere, revolutions, the emerging of new political parties and others are all changing phenomenons pushing politics into a new scene!


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