Essays and articles that trace Guattari's intellectual and political development before Anti-Oedipus .
Originally published in French in 1972, Psychoanalysis and Transversality gathers all the articles that Félix Guattari wrote between 1955 and 1971. It provides a fascinating account of his intellectual and political itinerary before Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972), the ground-breaking book he wrote with Gilles Deleuze, propelled him to the forefront of contemporary French philosophy.
Guattari's background was unlike that of any of his peers. In 1953, with psychoanalyst Jean Oury, he founded the La Borde psychiatric clinic, which was based on the principle that one cannot treat psychotics without modifying the entire institutional context. For Guattari, the purpose of “institutional psychotherapy” was not just to cure psychotic patients, but also to learn with them a different relation to the world. A dissident in the French Communist Party and active in far-left politics (he participated in the May 1968 student rebellion), Guattari realized early on that it was possible to introduce analysis into political groups. Considered as open machines (subject-groups) rather than self-contained structures (subjugated groups), these subject-groups shunned hierarchy and vertical structures, developing transversally, rhizomatizing through other groups.
Psychoanalysis and Transversality collects twenty-four essays by Guattari, including his foundational 1964 article on transversality, and a superb introduction by Gilles Deleuze, “Three Group-Related Problems. ”
About the Author
Félix Guattari (1930–1992), post-'68 French psychoanalyst and philosopher, is the author of Anti-Oedipus (with Gilles Deleuze), and a number of books published by Semiotext (e), including The Anti-Oedipus Papers, Chaosophy , and Soft Subversions. Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Félix Guattari.
Table of Contents
Preface Gilles Deleuze: Three Group-Related Problems 7
1 On Nurse-Doctor Relationships 23
2 Monograph on R.A. 36
3 Collapse of a Life Not Lived. Loss of the "I" 42
4 Ladies and Gentlemen, the SCAJ 56
5 Introduction to Institutional Psychotherapy 60
6 The Transference 76
7 Reflections on Institutional Therapeutics 86
8 Transversality 102
9 Reflections on Institutional Psychotherapy for Philosophers 121
10 Nine Theses of the Left Opposition 136
11 From One Sign to the Other (excerpts) 179
12 The Group and the Person 206
13 Causality, Subjectivity and History 235
14 Counter-Revolution is a Science You Can Learn 281
15 Self-Management and Narcissism 283
16 Excerpts from Discussions: Late June 1968 286
17 Students, the Mad and "Delinquents" 305
18 Machine and Structure 318
19 Reflections on Teaching as the Reverse of Analysis 330
20 Where Does Group Psychotherapy Begin? 345
21 Raymond and the Hispano Group 348
22 The Masochist Maoists or the Impossible May 358
23 We Are All Groupuscules 362