"There are no simple concepts. Every concept has components and is defined by them.
It therefore has a combination [
]. It is a multiplicity, although not every multiplicity
Not only do Descartes, Hegel, and Feuerbach not begin
with the same concept,
they do not have the same concept of beginning...
Every concept has an irregular
contour defined by the sum of its components,
which is why,
from Plato to Bergson,
the idea of the concept being a
matter of articulation,
of cutting and
The concept is a whole because it totalizes
its components, but it is
a fragmentary whole.
Only on this condition can it escape the
constantly threatening it, stalking it, trying to reabsorb it."
-- Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari,
What is Philosophy?
, pp. 15-16.
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