Deleuze and Democracy

Paul Patton

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This article responds to Philippe Mengue's claim that Deleuzian political philosophy is fundamentally hostile to democracy. After outlining key elements of the attitude towards democracy in Deleuze and Guattari's work, it addresses three major arguments put forward in support of this claim. The first relies on Deleuze's rejection of transcendence and his critical remarks about human rights; the second relies on the contrast between majoritarian and minoritarian politics outlined in A Thousand Plateaus; and the third relies on the antipathy of philosophy towards opinion as outlined in What is Philosophy? After responding to each of these arguments in turn, I outline an alternative and more positive account of Deleuze and Guattari's critical engagement with opinion by way of a contrast with Rawls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400–413
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Political Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995
  • Mengue
  • Democracy
  • immanence
  • minoritarian
  • Opinions


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