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This accessible book examines critically the writings of Deleuze and Guattari, clarifying the ideas of these two notoriously difficult thinkers without over-simplifying them. Divided into three sections - Knowledge, Power, and Liberation of Desire - the book provides a systematic account of the intellectual context as well as an exhaustive analysis of the key themes informing Deleuze and Guattari's work. It provides the framework for reading the important and influential study Capitalism and Schizophrenia and, with the needs of students in mind, explains the key concepts in Deleuze and Guattari's discussion of philosophy, art and politics. Definitive and incisive, the book will be invaluable in situating the philosop
Chapter 1: The Emergence of Desire
The Emergence of Desire
People like to say that Deleuze and Guattari have a ‘philosophy of desire’. One may understand this in several different ways. Firstly, it can be taken as a theory of society, culture, and nature, in which everything is produced by a form of concealed sexual desire – where others focus upon language, structure, history, economic production, or power-relations at the foundation of human society and culture, Deleuze and Guattari simply choose desire. Secondly, it can be assumed that manifestations of sexual desire constitute the field of their investigations; they merely choose to address themselves to desire. A third assumption is that desire is a precondition of knowledge for them, so that they can only learn about society and culture ...