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Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

Philosophical Essays on Deleuze's Debate with Psychoanalysis

Leen De Bolle (ed.)

Publication Year: 2010

Gilles Deleuze is among the twentieth century's most important philosophers of difference. The style of his extended oeuvre is so extremely dense and cryptic that reading and appreciating it require an unusual degree of openness and a willingness to enter a complicated but extremely rich system of thought. The abundant debates with and references to a variety of authors of many different domains; the sophisticated conceptual framework; the creation of new concepts and the injection of existing concepts with new meanings - all this makes his oeuvre difficult to grasp. This book can be seen as a guide to reading Deleuze, but at the same time it is a direct confrontation with issues at stake, particularly the debate with and against psychoanalysis. This debate not only offers the occasion to find an entrance to Deleuze's basic thought, but also throws the reader into the middle of the dispute. The book provides a clear and perspicuous overview of subject matter of interest to psychoanalysts, Deleuzean or otherwise.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Table of Contents

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pp. 5-6

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Preface: Desire and Schizophrenia

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pp. 7-32

...Gilles Deleuze is well-known as a philosopher who has profoundly and extensively debated with psychoanalysis. These discussions are situated in the aftermath of the revolutionary climate of May ’68. In spite of his detailed and far reaching debates with psychoanalytical theory, Deleuze can hardly be reduced to a critic of psychoanalysis alone. The universe in which he thinks and writes is chaotic, divergent, heterogeneous, and plural...

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: Deleuze or Lacan

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pp. 33-50

...Deleuze’s general hostility to psychoanalysis in general is well known; his relation to Lacan in particular seems more obscure. Deleuze’s Logic of Sense (1969) concludes with long and enthusiastic references to concepts adapted to some degree from Lacan: castration, lack, the sublimation of drives, the phallus, Oedipus itself. When in Anti-Oedipus (1972) these concepts are brusquely abandoned along with the surface-depth relation they served to mediate, Lacan continues to appear in a mainly sympathetic light...

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Desire and the Dialectics of Love: Deleuze, Canguilhem, and the Philosophy of Desire

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pp. 51-82

...It is indeed a strange situation when a concept that apparently expresses ‘the simplest thing in the world,’ becomes so dangerously open to misunderstanding. A genealogy of the concept of desire in Deleuze’s work is therefore called for. For, although Deleuze is indeed popularly known as a ‘philosopher of desire,’ the concept of desire only emerges very gradually, in fits and starts, in his early work. In his main philosophical...

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Anti-Oedipus: The Work of Resistance

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pp. 83-102

...Two threads of thought are woven together in Sigmund Freud’s writing: The first, the Oedipal construction, setting off intense debates on and criticisms of the notions of subjectivity, identity, sexuality, and gender; the second, the defense mechanisms that are at work in the unconscious, instigating discussions on therapeutic techniques and notions such as resistance, projection, transference, and counter-transference...

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Literature as Symptomatology: Gilles Deleuze on Sacher-Masoch

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pp. 103-116

...Gilles Deleuze’s Coldness and Cruelty (1967) is a fascinating analysis of the literary works of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch but has no relevance for the clinical understanding of masochism. With this appeal to a clear-cut distinction between literature and clinical practice, psychoanalysts have all too easily dismissed Deleuze’s critique of Freud’s theory of masochism (Laplanche 1980, 297). Freudians who invoke the distinction between the literary and the clinical as if this distinction goes without saying...

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Deleuze with Masoch

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pp. 117-130

...A question thrown to the children of the expired century: literature, what is it for, how does it work, and so on? There is an answer that engages Deleuze into literature, in the guise of an inevitable from where it leads [d’où ça mène]: literature, when it works, serves to annul the father and his lack (of being) [manque (à-être)] and his death (Death) [la Mort](this non-being from which every negation is fuelled by a symbolisation)...

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Deleuze’s Passive Synthesesof Time and the Dissolved Self

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pp. 131-156

...Deleuze elaborates a highly paradoxical notion of subjectivity. He proposes a notion of the self that is not defined by a unity of apperception, a substantial essence, nor a constituting consciousness, but a dissolved self. The dissolved self opens up on to an impersonal repetition, a flow of neutralised energy that consists in a plurality of disjunctive series of intensities which have nothing to do with contradiction or opposition. Repetition becomes the automatic movement of the event that constantly produces differences...

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Epilogue

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pp. 157-158

...Nowadays, it is interesting to see how Deleuze has populated the landscape of philosophy with a huge number of new concepts. Not only did he inject existing concepts with new meanings (e.g. desire, love, the unconscious, repetition, perversion, masochism, partial objects, etc.), he also created many concepts all his own (e.g. rhizome, de- and reterritorialisations, ritornel, desiring machines, lines of flight, etc.)...

List of Contributors

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pp. 159-160


E-ISBN-13: 9789461660350
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058677969

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Figures of the Unconscious / Figures de l'Inconscient

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Subject Headings

  • Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995.
  • Psychoanalysis and philosophy.
  • Psychoanalytic interpretation.
  • Philosophy, French -- 20th century.
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