- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: MIT Press; A Swerve Ed edition (21 April 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262631431
- ISBN-13: 978-0262631433
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari Paperback – 21 Apr 1992
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A user's guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia is a playful and emphatically practical elaboration of the major collaborative work of the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.
About the Author
Sean M. Lynn-Jones is a Belfer Center researcher at Harvard University and Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal.
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It seems to me that this sort of strategy is symptomatic of a lot of works on both Deleuze and Deleuze's work with Guattari. No one would deny that the works with Guattari and Deleuze's works "written in his own name" are exceedingly difficult and require a lot of work to unlock, and that as a rule his writings in the history of philosophy are remarkably clear. As a result, there seems to be a refusal to read the independent works on their own terms and a tendency to attempt to reduce them to the historical writings. While I would be the last to claim that the histories are to be ignored, it is nonetheless the case that the use of them ought to center around demonstrating how they converge with the independent works, how Deleuze rethinks their problematics, and where Deleuze diverges from them.
It is also likely that much of this textual practice comes from the latent imperative in Deleuze's philosophy to create. This has to do with Deleuze's textual strategy of "getting behind the author and creating a monsterous offspring." As a result, those that write on Deleuze simultaneously experience the necessity of merely doing commentary on what he said in order to show how it belongs to a philosophical tradition and problematic, while nonetheless being forced to remain silent on what he said. What seems to be forgotten are Deleuze's words immediately following his pronouncement of getting behind the author, where he claims that the only rule is that the author himself must be shown to have said it. Moreover, much of the "creating" that goes on in the name of Deleuze and Guattari comes to look like an arbitrary activity based on the will of the author, rather than an expression of the impersonal and necessary that D&G were always quick to emphasize. In other words, sometimes the greatest usefulness in writing about a text consists in getting clear on what that text actually says in its own terms.
Massumi's book can be highly illuminating and is a great and exciting read, but is not necessarily the best source for coming to understand Deleuze and Guattari's difficult texts. One would do much better to first read something like Eugine Holland's book if their seeking to get an accurate picture of what's going on in Deleuze and Guattari.
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