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Product Details

  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e) (June 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936756098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936756097
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French

About the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Félix Guattari.

Félix Guattari (1930--1992), post-'68 French psychoanalyst and philosopher, is the author of Anti-Oedipus (with Gilles Deleuze), and a number of books published by Semiotext(e), including The Anti-Oedipus Papers, Chaosophy, and Soft Subversions.

Brian Massumi is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal. He is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press).

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rui on January 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Be careful, this is an essay take out from "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia".

And, as almost everything in this book, is just great!!! It should, however to be read after geting all concepts they have developed...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on November 19, 2005
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I was hoping that this book would be much clearer than it is. Though some axioms, propositions, and problems are listed as headings in the text, there is no index, and nothing like a table of contents at the beginning of the book to locate important subjects. There are 109 numbered notes on pages 123 to 147, and note 5 identified sources for quotes of Nietzsche and Kafka in the text, so I was expecting to see more familiar names as I went along, but most notes referred to French experts in fields I had never encountered. "Western States" was used in the text to refer to countries in the part of Europe occupied by France, as compared to a great steppe region in which man-horse-weapon combinations provided the primary considerations in warfare.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari have written other books in French, and this one was translated into English in 1986 by Brian Massumi. The theme is not as elusive as the details. For many people, warfare places the participants in a frame of mind which is not identical to the values of civilized societies. Those who believe in wars fought by nations might agree with Carl Schmitt that the state should have a monopoly on violence, imposing order for the benefit of those whose weakness makes them vulnerable to everyone else. NOMADOLOGY notes that this should not require war, if the state "uses policemen and jailers in place of warriors, has no arms and no need of them" (p. 2) to prevent all combat. The idea that a war machine actually implies something else, "a power (puissance) against sovereignty, a machine against the apparatus" (p. 2) is associated with the ephemeral, the power of metamorphosis, and the furor that arises from the pack "like a pure and immeasurable multiplicity." (p. 2).
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20 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams VINE VOICE on October 12, 2003
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Sick of hearing the C student wonks and politico idiots from inside the beltway talk about the latest war on fill in the blank? War is the only political metaphor left. This thin little tome contains more collective wisdom about the source of this rug rash than should be allowed out (come to think of it, you might want to order under an alias and have this sent to a PO box). (Marx was right: the state was bound to whither away, just turns out its replacement isn't as nice as in the Manifesto.)
Just today, reading the New York Times, there were a number of articles talking about the American tendency to try and make all solutions military. This book starts with the realization that the cooperation of the state and the war machine are an illusion, one that we still don't seem to understand today.
If you are sick of driving yourself crazy wondering how the War on Drugs could still be going on, sucking in billions each year as the government debates the end of PBS' puny subsidies, administer this book with impunity (while you still can).
(The Editor says this book was inspired by Nietzsche. In other words, file along with all other worthwhile works of the 20th C.)
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