Gary Genosko: Félix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction (2002)

26 September 2012, dusan

This is the first detailed assessment of the life and work of Felix Guattari–”Mr. Anti” as the French press labelled him–the friend of and collaborator with Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Lacan and Antonio Negri, and one of the 20th Century’s last great activist-intellectuals. Guattari is widely known for his celebrated writings with Deleuze, but these writings do not represent the true breadth and impact of his thinking, writing and activism. Guattari’s major work as a clinical and theoretical innovator in psychoanalysis was closely linked to his participation in struggles against European right-wing politics. Felix Guattari introduces the reader to the diversity and sheer range of Guattari’s interests, from anti-psychiatry, to Japanese culture, political activism and his theorizing of subjectification.Highlighting why Guattari’s work is of increasing relevance to contemporary political, psychoanalytical and philosophical thought, Felix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction presents the reader with an adventurous and provocative introduction to this radical thinker.

Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group, 2002
Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy series
ISBN 082646033X, 9780826460332
278 pages

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Eugene W. Holland: Nomad Citizenship: Free-Market Communism and the Slow-Motion General Strike (2011)

13 September 2012, dusan

Nomad Citizenship argues for transforming our institutions and practices of citizenship and markets in order to release society from dependence on the state and capital. It changes Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of nomadology into a utopian project with immediate practical implications, developing ideas of a nonlinear Marxism and of the slow-motion general strike.

Responding to the challenge of creating philosophical concepts with concrete applications, Eugene W. Holland looks outside the state to analyze contemporary political and economic development using the ideas of nomad citizenship and free-market communism. Holland’s nomadology seeks to displace capital-controlled free markets with truly free markets. Its goal is to rescue market exchange, not perpetuate capitalism—to enable noncapitalist markets to coordinate socialized production on a global scale and, with an eye to the common good, to liberate them from capitalist control.

In suggesting the slow-motion general strike, Holland aims to transform citizenship: to renew, enrich, and invigorate it by supplanting the monopoly of state citizenship with plural nomad citizenships. In the process, he offers critiques of both the Clinton and Bush regimes in the broader context of critiques of the social contract, the labor contract, and the form of the state itself.

Publisher University of Minnesota Press, 2011
ISBN 0816666121, 9780816666126
344 pages

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Brian Massumi (ed.): A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (2002)

26 July 2012, dusan

A Shock to Thought brings together essays that explore Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy of expression in a number of contemporary contexts. It will be of interest to all those in philosophy, cultural studies and art theory. The volume also contains an interview with Guattari which clearly restates the ‘aesthetic paradigm’ that organizes both his and Deleuze’s work.

With contributions by Melissa McMahon, Steven Shaviro, Stephen Zagala, Gary Genosko, Alan Bourassa, Michael Hardt, Catherine Dale, Paul Brains, Jose Gil, Mani Haghighi, Thomas Lamarre, Aden Evens, Andrew Murphie, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger

Publisher Routledge, 2002
ISBN 041523803X, 9780415238038
256 pages

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François Dosse: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives (2007/2011)

6 December 2011, dusan

In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus.

François Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history—particularly the turbulent time of May 1968—play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari’s posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

Originally published as Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari. Biographie croisée, Editions La Decouverte, Paris, 2007
Translated by Deborah Glassman
Publisher Columbia University Press, 2011
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
ISBN 0231145616, 9780231145619
672 pages

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Félix Guattari: The Anti-Œdipus Papers (2006)

1 December 2011, dusan

“The unconscious is not a theatre, but a factory,” wrote Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in Anti-Oedipus (1972), instigating one of the most daring intellectual adventures of the last half-century. Together, the well-known philosopher and the activist-psychiatrist were updating both psychoanalysis and Marxism in light of a more radical and “constructivist” vision of capitalism: “Capitalism is the exterior limit of all societies because it has no exterior limit itself. It works well as long as it keeps breaking down.”

Few people at the time believed, as they wrote in the often-quoted opening sentence of Rhizome, that “the two of us wrote Anti-Oedipus together.” They added, “Since each of us was several, that became quite a crowd.” These notes, addressed to Deleuze by Guattari in preparation for Anti-Oedipus, and annotated by Deleuze, substantiate their claim, finally bringing out the factory behind the theatre. They reveal Guattari as an inventive, highly analytical, mathematically-minded “conceptor,” arguably one of the most prolific and enigmatic figures in philosophy and sociopolitical theory today. The Anti-Oedipus Papers (1969-1973) are supplemented by substantial journal entries in which Guattari describes his turbulent relationship with his analyst and teacher Jacques Lacan, his apprehensions about the publication of Anti-Oedipus and accounts of his personal and professional life as a private analyst and codirector with Jean Oury of the experimental clinic Laborde (created in the 1950s).

Edited by Stéphane Nadaud
Translated by Kélina Gotman
Publisher Semiotext(e), 2006
Foreign Agents series
ISBN 1584350318, 9781584350316
437 pages

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