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Félix Guattari

(1930—1992)

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anti-psychiatry

anti-psychiatry  

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A radical critique of traditional (especially medical) approaches to mental disorders, influenced by existentialism and sociology, popularized by the Scottish psychiatrist Ronald D(avid) Laing ...
Antonio Negri

Antonio Negri  

(1933–)Italian*Marxistpolitical philosopher best known for his collaborative writings with Michael Hardt. A measure of his significance may be gauged from Michel Foucault's remark in 1980 that Negri ...
axiomatic

axiomatic  

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's term for the capitalist mode of production. An axiom is a proposition which cannot be proven true or false and from which one is able to construct a system of ...
body without organs

body without organs  

A core concept in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's account of the genesis of the schizophrenic subject. The concept underwent a number of transformations from its first usage in Deleuze's Logique ...
bricolage

bricolage  

The appropriation of pre-existing materials that are ready-to-hand to create something new (Lévi-Strauss). This creation both reflects and constructs the bricoleur's identity. The term is widely used ...
Bruno Bettelheim

Bruno Bettelheim  

(1903–90)Viennese-born, American-based psychoanalyst best known for his (not uncontroversial) work on autism. Born in Vienna, Bettelheim studied philosophy and art history (which included a ...
Créolité

Créolité  

Literary and cultural theory elaborated in the 1980s by a small group of Francophone authors from the Caribbean, particularly Martinique and Guadeloupe, the most prominent of whom are Patrick ...
David Cooper

David Cooper  

(1931–86)South African-born psychiatrist and a leading figure of the anti-psychiatry movement. After graduating with a medical degree from the University of Cape Town, Cooper moved to London. He ...
desiring-machine

desiring-machine  

The actual mechanism of desire according to Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Deleuze and Guattari give as their example the machine formed by the child and the maternal breast. The idea seems to ...
desiring-production

desiring-production  

The term used by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in L'Anti-Oedipe (1972), translated as Anti-Oedipus (1977), for the process of desire. In spite of the title of their book, Deleuze and Guattari are ...
deterritorialization

deterritorialization  

The decline in the role of the state. ‘Certain transnational corporations have more financial power, within a state, than the state itself’ (Kapferer (2005) Anthrop. Theory 5, 3). ‘The nation-state ...
dispositif

dispositif  

An organization of statements. The term is used by Michel Foucault to describe the systemic connection of statements. It is for this reason often translated as ‘apparatus’, although this doesn't ...
École Freudienne de Paris

École Freudienne de Paris  

Founded by Jacques Lacan in 1964 after he was expelled from the International Psychoanalytical Association, to train analysts to practise as psychoanalysts. The founding members of the School ...
Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant  

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(1928–2011)Caribbeanwriter and critical theorist. He is best known as one of the principal architects behind Creoleness, the movement to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, and political heterogeneity of ...
Empire

Empire  

A prophetic and utopian concept which attempts to theorize in philosophical terms the nature of the new paradigm of power and right that emerged alongside globalization in the latter half of the 20th ...
episteme

episteme  

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Foucault's term for the total set of relations within a particular historical period uniting the discursive practices which generate its epistemologies. See also discourse; discursive formation; ...
ethology

ethology  

The scientific study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment, including all the processes, both internal and external, by which they respond to changes in their environment.
Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon  

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(1925–61)French psychologist and theorist of colonialism. Born in French Martinique, Fanon studied medicine and psychiatry in France after the Second World War. His Peau noire, masques blancs (1952, ...
Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze  

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(1925–95)Sorbonne-educated and based in Paris for most of his career, Deleuze started as a historian of philosophy, writing about Hume, Spinoza, and Nietzsche. Later work, particularly in ...
Oedipus complex

Oedipus complex  

In psychoanalysis, an organized collection of loving and hostile feelings of a child towards its parents, reaching its peak during the phallic stage between 3 and 5 or 6 years of age, dissolving with ...

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