Deleuze|Guattari and the project of emancipation: Becoming-revolutionary and becoming-democratic

Paul Patton

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Deleuze and Guattari’s final statement on the political function of philosophy as they understood and practised in What is Philosophy?invoked both a becoming-revolutionary and a becoming-democratic. While they had earlier given some indication of what was meant by becoming-revolutionary, and related this to both their own conception of micropolitics and to their rejection of classical Marxist conceptions of revolution, they said very little about what was meant by becoming-democratic. I propose to revisit the concept of becoming-democratic and my own attempts to flesh out this context in the light of their earlier work, with a view to providing a more developed conception. The aim is not only to ask how Deleuze and Guattari’s political philosophy can assist the project of emancipation today, but also to explore possible dimensions of this concept in the current context of the so-called crisis of democracy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSuri (Journal of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • eleuze and Guattari
  • What is Philosophy?
  • emancipation
  • becoming-revolutionary
  • becoming-democratic


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