On February 18, 7 pm Kaunas Artists’ House together with Lithuanian Writers’ Association and publishing house Jonas ir Jokūbas invite to a meeting of the InfoKnygos series of events, a presentation of a book What is Philosophy? (Lithuanian translation, 2019)

What is Philosophy? is the last joint work of the 20th-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari.
By expressing mistrust of identity and defending anti-individualism in politics, philosophy, and psychotherapy, these thinkers remain relevant today. According to Deleuze and Guattari, there are three great forms of thought: science, art, and philosophy, which, in different ways, curb the chaos of the world. Philosophy fulfills itself by developing concepts. Concept development is different from the scientific activity and artistic work, although all three activities are aimed at the chaos that surrounds us. Most of the images that dominate the Deleuzian system, crowned with social and political devotion to the struggle for individual rights and freedoms, can be found in the book.

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995), was a French philosopher, who wrote philosophical works covering the fields of post-structuralism, metaphysics, and epistemology. His philosophy also tackled politics, film, aesthetics, and religious topics. Félix Guattari (1930-1992) was a psychotherapist and creator of Schizoanalysis and Ecosophy concepts, who worked at the La Borde Psychiatric Clinic in France. Together, these representatives of continental philosophy co-authored Anti-Oedipus (1972), A Thousand Plateaus (1980), Capitalism and Schizophrenia.

Book presentation participants:

Professor Gintautas Mažeikis, lecturer at VMU, philosopher, cultural theorist, anthropologist, and author of two books Dvasios niekšybė and Propaganda ir simbolinis mąstymas. Research interests include critical theory, symbolic thinking, political anthropology.

Associate Professor, Dr. Nijolė Keršytė is a lecturer at VU, philosopher, and translator of the book What is Philosophy? Research interests include modern French philosophy, post-structuralist theory, semiotics.

The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor, Dr. Jurga Jonutytė, philosopher, and head of VMU Philosophy Department. Research interests include ecosophy, feminist theory, narratology, theory and criticism of ideology. She is the author of the book Tradicijos sąvokos kaita and translator of M. Heidegger’s monograph The Origin of the Work of Art.

The event is presented by the publishing house Jonas ir Jokūbas.

InfoBooks is a series of events of the Culture Infocentre, curated jointly with the Lithuanian Writers’ Union, presenting the books of Lithuanian and foreign authors published in the last 3 years, representing the younger and older generations of writers.

Culture Infocentre run by Kaunas Artists’ House is engaged in cultural information promotion and coordination, as well as the reading-room curation.