Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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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 Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and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& mdash;particularly the turbulent time of May 1968& mdash;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.

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An exhaustive and fascinating account of a remarkable collaboration between Guattari, a radical, militant psychiatrist, and Deleuze, one of the towering figures of contemporary French philosophy, whose work together produced Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, startlingly original blends of social psychology, philosophy, and capitalist critique that positioned itself in opposition to both socialism and Lacanian psychoanalysis. Dosse, a French professor of history, traces these lines of influence, placing the pair's work firmly in the context of the May 1968 student uprising, and both authors' strained relationships with a megalomaniacal Lacan. The intellectual background of each writer is examined: Deleuze's texts on Bergson, Nietzsche, and Spinoza, and Guattari's work as director of a psychiatric unit outside of Paris where distinctions between patient and doctor were obliterated. The author strives to re-establish Guattari as an integral collaborator, one whose contribution was overshadowed in later years by Deleuze's celebrity. However, despite the wealth of research, the author too often resorts to paraphrases of their writings, and the book would have been well served by judicious editing. Nonetheless, as a glimpse into a remarkable period in French intellectual history where politics, philosophy, and literary brilliance coalesced, it is captivating. (June)
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Meet the Author

François Dosse is a professor at the IUFM Creteil, Paris Institute for Political Studies, and at the Center for Cultural History, University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He has published several important books on intellectual history, including History of Structuralism: The Rising Sign, 1945-1966, and History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967-Present.

Deborah Glassman is the author of several works on literature, education, and international development and is the translator of Dosse's two books on structuralism. Based in Paris and Washington, D.C., she is currently living and working in Tunis for the African Development Bank.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Betwixt or Between
Part I. Folds: Parallel Biographies
1. Félix Guattari: The Psychopolitical Itinerary, 1930--1964
2. La Borde: Between Myth and Reality
3. Daily Life at La Borde
4. Testing Critical Research Empirically
5. Gilles Deleuze: The Hero's Brother
6. The Art of the Portrait
7. Nietzsche, Bergson, Spinoza: A Trio for a Vitalist Philosophy
8. An Ontology of Difference
9. The Founding Rupture: May 1968
Part II. Unfolding: Intersecting Lives
10. "Psychoanalysm" Under Attack
11. Anti-Oedipus
12. Machine Against Structure
13. "Minor" Literature as Seen by Deleuze and Guattari
14. A Thousand Plateaus: A Geophilosophy of Politics
15. The CERFI at Work
16. The "Molecular Revolution": Italy, Germany, France
17. Deleuze and Foucault: A Philosophical Friendship
18. An Alternative to Psychiatry?
19. Deleuze at Vincennes
20. The Year of Combat: 1977
Part III. Surplices: 1980--2007
21. Guattari Between Culture and Ecology
22. Deleuze Goes to the Movies
23. Guattari and Aesthetics: Consolation During the Winter Years
24. Deleuze Dialogues with Creation
25. An Artist Philosophy
26. Winning Over the West
27. Around the World
28. Two Deaths
29. Their Work at Work
30. Conclusion Notes Index

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