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By Sylvère Lotringer, Félix Guattari

Chaosophy is an advent to Félix Guattari's groundbreaking theories of "schizo-analysis": a approach intended to exchange Freudian interpretation with a extra pragmatic, experimental, and collective process rooted in truth. not like Freud, who applied neuroses as his operating version, Guattari followed the version of schizophrenia—which he believed to be an severe psychological country prompted via the capitalist process itself, and person who enforces neurosis as a fashion of retaining normality. Guattari's post-Marxist imaginative and prescient of capitalism offers a brand new definition not just of psychological sickness, but in addition of the micropolitical capability for its subversion.

Chaosophy contains Guattari's writings and interviews at the cinema (such as "Cinema Fou" and "The terrible Man's Couch"), a gaggle of texts on his collaborative paintings with Gilles Deleuze (including the appendix to the second one version of Anti-Oedipus, no longer on hand within the English edition), and his texts on homosexuality (including his "Letter to the Tribunal" addressing the French government's censorship of the precise homosexual factor of Recherches he edited, which earned him a superb for publishing "a unique exposition of depravity and sexual deviations… the libidinous exhibition of a minority of perverts"). This elevated version contains a new creation by means of François Dosse (author of a brand new biography of Guattari and Gilles Deleuze), besides quite a number further essays—including "The aircraft of Consistency," "Machinic Propositions," "Gangs in New York," and "Three Billion Perverts at the Stand"—nearly doubling the contents of the unique variation.

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Gilles Deleuze: Of course, capitalism was and remains a formidable desiring-machine. The monetary flux, the means of production, of manpower, of new markets, all that is the flow of desire. It's enough to consider the sum of contingencies at the origin of capitalism to see to what degree it has been a crossroads of desires, and that its infrastructure, even its economy, was inseparable from the phenomena of desire. And fascism too-one must say that it has "assumed the social desires," including the desires of repression and death.

Felix Guattari: We have taken desire in one of its most critical, most acute stages: that of the schizophrenic-and the schizo that can produce something within or beyond the scope of the confined schizo, battered down with drugs and social repression. It appears to us that certain schizophrenics directly express a free deciphering of desire. But how does one conceive a collective form of the economy of desire? Certainly not at the local level. I would have a lot of diffi­ culty imagining a small, liberated · community maintaining itself against the flows of a repressive society, like the addition of individuals emancipated one by one.

It simply made sure others pulled off the revolution for it. It manipulated, channeled, and repressed an enormous surge of popular desire. The people were finally beaten down at Valmy. They were certainly beaten down at Verdun. Felix Guattari: Exactly. And that's what interests us. Where do these eruptions, these uprisings, these enthusiasms come from that cannot be explained by a social rationality and that are diverted, captured by the power at the moment they are born? One cannot account for a revolutionary situation by a simple analysis of the interests of the time.

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