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Deleuze, marx and revolution: What it means to 'remain marxist'

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Against the lifeless backdrop of France's current intellectual scene - and considering the weighty silence that falls upon all those who dare to step outside the mould - Deleuze stands out as one of the last major writers, a creative philosopher, original, even subversive. Deleuze always refused to disown May '68 as well as Marx and, right to the end, associated himself not so much with revolution as with a constant, stubborn apologia for what becoming- revolutionary is or could be, avoiding any backsliding and rejecting all totalisations. Anti-Oedipus, published in 1973, and A Thousand Plateaux, published in 1980 - the two parts of a single work entitled Capitalism and Schizophrenia - set out to define contemporary capitalism, expressly rejecting any dissociation between base and superstructure, or between an economic reality and the various social and individual dimensions that go along with it.

Keywords: capitalism; Deleuze revolution; Marx



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