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A Thousand Plateaus : Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980) - Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari

Related: capitalism - Gilles Deleuze - Félix Guattari - French philosophy - 1980

A Thousand Plateaus : Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980, 1987 (trans)) - Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

We are writing this book as a rhizome. It is composed of plateaus. We have given it a circular form, but only for laughs. Each morning we would wake up, and each of us would ask himself what plateau he was going to tackle, writing five lines here, ten there. We had hallucinatory experiences, we watched lines leave one plateau and proceed to another like columns of tiny ants. (Deleuze and Guattari 1988, 22)

Their use of the term plateau is derived from an essay by Gregory Bateson on Balinese culture, in which he found a libidinal economy quite different from the West's orgasmic orientations. (Deleuze and Guattari 1988, xiv)

Physicists say holes are not the absence of particles but particles traveling faster than the speed of light. Flying anuses, speeding vaginas, there is no castration. (Deleuze and Guattari 1988, 32)


A Thousand Plateaus is a book by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. It forms the second part of their Capitalism and Schizophrenia duo (the first part being The Anti-Oedipus).

The concept of "becoming-minor" appears in one of the "Plateaus", as a phase of deterritorialization. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Thousand_Plateaus [Jan 2006]