Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives

Paperback | October 11, 2011

byFrancois DosseTranslated byDeborah Glassman

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In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus.

François Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history?particularly the turbulent time of May 1968?play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari's posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

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In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequ...

François Dosse is a professor at the IUFM Creteil, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, and the Center for Cultural History, University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He has published several important books on intellectual history, including History of Structuralism: The Rising Sign, 1945-1966 and History of Structura...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231145616

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Betwixt or BetweenPart I. Folds: Parallel Biographies1. Félix Guattari: The Psychopolitical Itinerary, 1930-19642. La Borde: Between Myth and Reality3. Daily Life at La Borde4. Testing Critical Research Empirically5. Gilles Deleuze: The Hero's Brother6. The Art of the Portrait7. Nietzsche, Bergson, Spinoza: A Trio for a Vitalist Philosophy8. An Ontology of Difference9. The Founding Rupture: May 1968Part II. Unfolding: Intersecting Lives10. "Psychoanalysm" Under Attack11. Anti-Oedipus 12. Machine Against Structure13. "Minor" Literature as Seen by Deleuze and Guattari14. A Thousand Plateaus : A Geophilosophy of Politics15. The CERFI at Work16. The "Molecular Revolution": Italy, Germany, France17. Deleuze and Foucault: A Philosophical Friendship18. An Alternative to Psychiatry?19. Deleuze at Vincennes20. The Year of Combat: 1977Part III. Surplices: 1980-200721. Guattari Between Culture and Ecology22. Deleuze Goes to the Movies23. Guattari and Aesthetics: Consolation During the Winter Years24. Deleuze Dialogues with Creation25. An Artist Philosophy26. Winning Over the West27. Around the World28. Two Deaths29. Their Work at Work30. ConclusionNotesIndex

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An impressively comprehensive examination of the lives and times of Deleuze and Guattari... Richly filled with biographical and historical detail (and with amusing and often poignant anecdote), Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Intersecting Lives represents an inmmense scholarly achievement... Essential reading.