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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 7: The Revolution of Desire
The Revolution of Desire
Nothing is more distressing than a thought that escapes itself, than ideas that fly off, that disappear hardly formed, already eroded by forgetfulness or precipitated into others that we no longer master. … We receive sudden jolts that beat like arteries. We constantly lose our ideas. That is why we want to hang on to fixed opinions so much. (1994: 201)
Nothing? Happy life of the philosophers! What about, for example, the primary repression of the schizophrenic, the paranoiac machine with ‘its tortures, its dark shadows, its ancient Law’ (1984: 18)? What could be more terrible than when a ‘harrowing, emotionally overwhelming experience, which brings the schizo as close as possible to matter, to a burning, living center of matter’ ...