Henning Schmidgen: Das Unbewußte Der Maschinen: Konzeptionen Des Psychischen Bei Guattari, Deleuze Und Lacan (1997) [German]

14 September 2012, dusan

25 Jahre nach Erscheinen des «Anti-Ödipus», jener furiosen Abrechnung mit Strukturalismus, Marxismus und Psychoanalyse à la française von Gilles Deleuze und Félix Guattari, sind die dereinst gefeierten oder heftig befehdeten «Wunschmaschinen» erneut Thema. Frei von Exaltationen der damaligen Rezeption, fast aufreizend nüchtern rekonstruiert Henning Schmidgen den Maschinenbegriff der Autoren, wobei er den meist vernachlässigten Guattari in den Vordergrund rückt. Das ist solide, aber bleibt thematisch eng und dürfte wohl nur Experten interessieren. Anschlüsse zur zeitgenössischen Technikphilosophie werden angedeutet, nicht ausgeführt; das gleiche gilt für Bezüge zu Heidegger oder Parallelen zu Bloch. Von grösserem Interesse ist sicher, was der Autor über die Beziehungen zwischen Guattari und Lacan zu sagen hat. Den nicht so sehr am «Anti-Ödipus» Interessierten sei der Teil über Lacan ans Herz gelegt: ein sorgfältiger Nachvollzug des von Lacan im Kontext seines Seminars über E. A. Poes «Entwendeten Brief» unternommenen Versuchs, Freuds Wiederholungszwang als Wiederholungs automatismus zu rekonstruieren. Dass es Schmidgen gelingt, Lacans Analyse der Regularitäten von Wiederholungsvorgängen mittels Symbolgruppen verständlich zu erklären, ist dem Autor hoch anzurechnen.

Publisher Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Muenchen, 1997
ISBN 3770531957, 9783770531950
188 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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Félix Guattari: Chaosophy: Texts and Interviews 1972–1977, new ed. (2008)

5 April 2011, dusan

Chaosophy is an introduction to Félix Guattari’s groundbreaking theories of “schizo-analysis”: a process meant to replace Freudian interpretation with a more pragmatic, experimental, and collective approach rooted in reality. Unlike Freud, who utilized neuroses as his working model, Guattari adopted the model of schizophrenia—which he believed to be an extreme mental state induced by the capitalist system itself, and one that enforces neurosis as a way of maintaining normality. Guattari’s post-Marxist vision of capitalism provides a new definition not only of mental illness, but also of the micropolitical means for its subversion.

Chaosophy includes Guattari’s writings and interviews on the cinema (such as ‘Cinema Fou’ and ‘The Poor Man’s Couch’), a group of texts on his collaborative work with Gilles Deleuze (including the appendix to the second edition of Anti-Oedipus, not available in the English edition), and his texts on homosexuality (including his “Letter to the Tribunal” addressing the French government’s censorship of the special gay issue of Recherches he edited, which earned him a fine for publishing “a detailed exposition of depravity and sexual deviations… the libidinous exhibition of a minority of perverts”). This expanded edition features a new introduction by François Dosse (author of a new biography of Guattari and Gilles Deleuze), along with a range of added essays—including ‘The Plane of Consistency,’ ‘Machinic Propositions,’ ‘Gangs in New York,’ and ‘Three Billion Perverts on the Stand’—nearly doubling the contents of the original edition.”

Edited by Sylvère Lotringer
Introduction by François Dosse
Publisher Semiotext(e), 2008
Foreign Agents series
ISBN 1584350601, 9781584350606
300 pages


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