2008/09/08

Mona goes back to school to remake felix guattari's desiring machines

Félix Guattari’s Desiring Machines: an Essay by
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Christian Kerslake
Subjectivity, Desire and Social Institutions in Deleuze and Guattari
1. Prologue: Deleuze and the Theory of Institutions
2. The Lacanian Theory of Desire
3. Guattari on Desire, Subjectivity and the Objet petit a
4. Lacan, Guattari and Mumford on the History of the Machine
5. Guattari, History and Revolutionary Subjectivity
6. Post-script: The Anti-Oedipus of Guattari and Deleuze
This essay attempts to chart the trajectories of Deleuze and Guattari leading up to their meeting in 1969.1 What was it about each other’s work that attracted them to working together? It seems that Guattari’s work helped Deleuze solve problems within his own philosophical trajectory, while Guattari turned to Deleuze in order to find a way to overcome problems associated with Lacan’s structuralism. As it happened both were working through Lacanian psychoanalysis, and both had ended up focussing on Lacan’s later ideas about the special ‘objet petit a’ of desire. Deleuze and Guattari’s encounter, and the ensuing first volume of their co-authored opus Capitalism and Schizophrenia,__ Opus cope us. Inside the machine Milles Plateaus.A thousand opus to every desiring hearticle.



Anti-Oedipus, in fact appears to burst forth from an attempt to push Lacan’s theory of the objet petit a to its limits, opening it up to its historical and political-economic contexts, and installing it within a new Marxist theory of revolutionary subjectivity. In order to understand the novelty of Anti-Oedipus, it could be important to understand the original nexus of Deleuze and Guattari’s theoretical encounter. We begin by returning to Deleuze’s earliest political thought, showing how his initial ideas about the role of institutions in human subjectivity had to wait for his en
counter with Guattari to bear fruit.