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Organs without Bodies: Deleuze and Consequences
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First I how those interested in Zizek might go about critiquing Deleuze which is coupled with recommendations for Zizek's other works. After that I will recommend an alternative route to people interested in a crtique of Deleuze (outside of those made in other reviews - such as "Deleuze: A Critical Reader")
If you want to get an idea of how to critique Deleuze through Zizek, I recommend reading Lacan very closely, and critiquing Deleuze through Lacan. But if Lacan is intractable for you, Zizek is a helpful guide to realize Lacan's contributions. I would even hasten to add that if one is unfamiliar with Lacan, one cannot account for the weaknesses and strengths of a text like anti-oedipus (which has the capacity to perform the same reduction on lacan).Read more ›
For Zizek, "there is another Deleuze, much closer to psychoanalysis and Hegel, a Deleuze whose consequences are much more shattering." The proper Deleuze is that of the great early monographs, the key ones being Difference and Repetition and The Logic of Sense, as well as his later two-volume study on cinema. This series of works is to be distinguished from the books Deleuze and Guattari cowrote, A Thousand Plateaus, Anti-Oedipus and What Is Philosophy?, which dominate Deleuze's reception in English-speaking academe and present a sanitized, politically correct version of his philosophy. For Zizek, this political Deleuze is a fake, not least because of his rejection of Freud and Lacan: "What Deleuze presents as 'Oedipus' is a rather ridiculous simplification, if not an outright falsification, of Lacan's position." Deleuze and Guattari's criticism of fascism also "indulge in a true interpretive delirium of hasty generalizations".Read more ›
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Zizek brings a fresh understanding to Deleuze's work. Engaging, thoughtful, creative. A must read for followers of Deleuze. Zizek is a theorist par excellence.Published on October 6, 2013 by Kirsten
The style of the book is nothing like the way Deleuze treats other philosophers, the way D treats Nietzsche or Leibniz, for instance. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Mounard le Fougueux
"In the past decade, notes Zizek in his introduction to Organs Without Bodies, Deleuze emerged as the central reference of contemporary philosophy: notions like 'resisting... Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by Etienne RP
A problematic book from an invigorating yet also uneven thinker. Zizek of course must have eventually criticized Deleuze and Guattari, since they profoundly reject Lacanians and... Read morePublished on June 13, 2007 by E. Heroux
Title says how far I am so far. I have to say I'm glad to see that the only person who really liked this book was a unabashed Lacanian. Read morePublished on October 3, 2005 by Adam R. Rothstein
I think there may be a hint of jealousy in this book. I've often thought of Zizek as the kind of guy who strives to be the rock star of philosophy. Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by Robert Cotton