A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations by Brian Massumi

By Brian Massumi

A User's consultant to Capitalism and Schizophrenia is a playful and emphatically functional elaboration of the main collaborative paintings of the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. whilst learn in addition to its rigorous textual notes, the booklet additionally turns into the richest scholarly remedy of Deleuze's complete philosophical oeuvre to be had in any language. ultimately, the handfuls of specific examples that Brian Massumi furnishes from modern creative, medical, and well known city tradition make the publication a big, maybe even significant textual content inside of present debates on postmodern tradition and politics.Capitalism and Schizophrenia is the overall name for 2 books released a decade aside. the 1st, Anti-Oedipus, used to be a response to the occasions of May/June 1968; it's a critique of "state-happy" Marxism and "school-building" lines of psychoanalysis. the second one, 1000 Plateaus, is an test at a favorable assertion of this kind of nomad philosophy Deleuze and Guattari suggest in its place to country philosophy.Brian Massumi is Professor of Comparative Literature at McGill University.

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