1974. About Anti-Oedipus

By Monique David-Ménard

The 1972 publication of Anti-Oedipus, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, marks the unexplained distancing between psychoanalysis and the philosophical critiques of the “Oedipus complex”, considered as a myth forged by Freud. Reading three of the positions on “Oedipus” which have emerged following this publication – that of Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault and Wladimir Granoff – this paper aims to assess today’s relevance of a debate which, fourty years ago, failed to happen.

  • contingency
  • Oedipus complex
  • history and psychoanalysis
  • desiring machines
  • modes of production
  • King Oedipus
  • knowledge and power
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