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Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia P. 08
Published in , Anti-Oedipus was the first of a number of collaborative works between the French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, and the French psychoanalyst and political activist, Felix Guattari. As the first of a two-volume body of work that bears the subtitle, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Anti-Oedipus is, to say the least, an unconventional work that should be understood, in part, as a product of its time--created as it was among the political and revolutionary fervour engendered by the events of 'May '. However, this paper will suggest that Anti-Oedipus--as a critique of psychoanalysis and the Oedipus complex, as well as being a study of the relationship between capitalism and schizophrenia--should also be understood in a less 'time-bound' fashion.
Deleuze and Guattari and Minor Marxism
MLN Eugene Holland's second book is an eloquent and rigorously argued complement to his first, Baudelaire and Schizoanalysis: The Sociopoetics of Modernism Cambridge University Press, As Holland describes it, the second book is intended to be "an introduction to reading Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, not. Whereas Hardt's book explores the relation of Deleuze's early work to Bergson and Spinoza, while Massumi's emphasizes the perspectives of the second volume of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, A Thousand Plateaus, Holland's book distinguishes itself from these by attending to Anti-Oedipus 's "materialist psychiatry" as the combined inheritance of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche. If Holland instead chooses to focus exclusively on the materialist critique offered by Anti-Oedipus, this is because, as he insists, its "revolutionary enthusiasm. The book is organized into four chapters.
Deleuze and Guattari analyse the relationship of desire to reality and to capitalist society in particular; they address human psychology, economics, society, and history. Additionally, they develop a critical practice that they call " schizoanalysis ". Laing , David Cooper , and Pierre Clastres. Anti-Oedipus became a publishing sensation and a celebrated work. Like Lyotard's Libidinal Economy , it is seen as a key text in the micropolitics of desire. It has been credited with having devastated the French Lacanian movement , although "schizoanalysis" has been regarded as flawed for multiple reasons, including the emancipatory claims Deleuze and Guattari make for schizophrenia. Deleuze and Guattari's " schizoanalysis " is a militant social and political analysis that responds to what they see as the reactionary tendencies of psychoanalysis.
P hilosophy invites and repels biography in equal measure. On the one hand, it is identified with its most famous names in a way that would seem anachronistic in other disciplines; on the other, the lives of philosophers most often seem beside the point when it comes to understanding the individuality of their thought. If social histories of philosophy tend towards over-generalizing abstractions, personalizing ones are in danger of failing to illuminate the work at all. Hence the somewhat perverse character of the fascination with the lives of philosophers: the banality of the everyday acquires an added poignancy when the narrated life so consistently disappoints the search for the secret of the thought. It is hard, though, to dispel the intuition that there is some important connection between the life and the thought.