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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

Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Capitalism and schizophrenia

What is power? On the plane of immanence of desire, ‘power’ has no independent ontological status: it is neither an agent, nor an underlying ground of society. Power is not a quality which one can possess, nor a force by which one can be dominated; formations of power in society are merely effects of the workings of desire. Instead, power is a quality of social relation, and it is produced by a complex abstract machine. Power derives from desire, and turns to ‘repress’ desire. Although the procedure itself is complex, as we shall outline below, we can give an overview by means of a simple and useful model. We may distinguish between two conceptions of power deriving from Deleuze's studies of ...

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