Deleuze & Guattari: What Is Philosophy Notes:
From “Part Two: Philosophy, Science, Logic, Art”
Ch. 5: “Functives and Concepts”
“…the first difference between science and philosophy is their respective attitudes towards chaos. Chaos is defined not so much by its disorder as by the infinite speed with which every form taking shape in it vanishes.”
IN WHICH, as we might think, with regards to Combahee and Spillers and the black feminine flesh: flesh names a certain set of formations, materializing at an infinite speed, but also an ongoing duration of SPEED ITSELF and its constant reformation in these formations, against a kind of STILLING and iteration of flesh-as-body, the body as—first and foremost—commodity body.
Chaos is “a void that is not a nothingness but a virtual, containing all possible particles and drawing out all possible forms, which spring up only to disappear immediately, without consistency or reference, without consequence. Chaos is is an infinite speed of birth and disappearance.” A DEEP (a deeper than deep interiority, as Deleuze says earlier of the surface) maternity, natality, MATERNATALITY to chaos.
“Now philosophy wants to know how to retain infinite speeds while gaining consistency, by giving the virtual a consistency specific to it. […] Science approaches chaos in a completely different, almost opposite way: it relinquishes the infinite, infinite speed, in order to gain a reference able to actualize the virtual. By retaining the infinite, philosophy gives consistency to the virtual through concepts; by relinquishing the infinite, science gives reference to the virtual which it actualizes through functions.”
Or, as Rheinberger writes it, for science—and he means experimental science—CO-GENERATES concepts and phenomena (MATERIAL ENTITIES). “Practices and concepts thus come packaged together.”
But here, experimental science is nomadic rather than royal. It becomes precisely the kind of minor empiricism that not only cogenerates MATERIAL ENTITIES and CONCEPTS, but is also SELF-AWARE about and in the practice of such co-constitution. Experimental science operates as an ongoing study of the flesh making almost-bodies (becoming bodies) at infinite speed, but refusing the taxonomic study of the stilled body. Intersectionality then names not the investigation of particular differences, but the ongoing constitution of differences across mutating material grounds by way of disidentification and strategic form(ation)ing.
SUBJECT TIME REMAINS INTENSIVE, constituted through FOLDING rather than hardening. The origami self.