1227 AD: Treatise on Nomadology – The War Machine

Paul Patton

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Introduction: one or many concepts

Deleuze and Guattari defined philosophy as the invention of concepts and, as Deleuze commented in an interview, this is what he and Guattari tried to do in Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus: 'especially in A Thousand Plateaus, which is a long book putting forward many concepts' (Deleuze, 1995a: 136). Several concepts are on display in Plateau Twelve, '1227: Treatise on Nomadology - The War Machine', although exactly how many and how these are related are far from clear. The title of the plateau suggests that it concerns two interrelated concepts, a concept of the nomad or the nomadic and a concept of the war machine. However, it is not obvious that these are in fact two distinct concepts rather than two faces of one and the same concept viewed from a different angle. At times in the course of the plateau the two terms appear to be used interchangeably, or combined in the phrase 'nomad war machine'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy
EditorsHenry Somers-Hall, Jeffrey A. Bell , James Williams
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780748697298, 9780748697274
ISBN (Print)9780748697281, 9780748697267
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • philosophy
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Felix Guattari
  • A Thousand Plateaus


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