Appraising the radical legacy of two French intellectuals
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari:
Intersecting Lives (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)
by Francois Dosse
translation by Deborah Glassman
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Bringing together Marx and Freud in a united theoretical front was an urgent task for radicals throughout much of the twentieth century, with benefits that would flow to historical materialism and psychoanalysis alike. The stakes were already clear in Wilhelm Reich's ill-fated efforts of the 1920s and '30s: The central but under-developed notion of class consciousness (about which Marx himself had written just a few suggestive pages) might be put on better footing by annexing a theory of the mind that was, after all, materialist in its basic assumptions. And revolutionary expropriation would be good for psychoanalysis itself—it would rescue the original radicalism of Freud's work, which was otherwise obscured by both the commodification of treatment and the founder's more conservative moods.
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