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Chaosmosis: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm

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Guattari's final book is a succinct summary of his socio-philosophical outlook. It includes critical reflections on Lacanian psychoanalysis, structuralism, information theory, postmodernism, and the thought of Heidegger, Bakhtin, Barthes, and others.
Published September 22nd 1995 by Indiana University Press (first published 1992)
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Levi Jaco
Feb 04, 2010 Levi Jaco rated it liked it
The strongest opinion of Guattari, and subsequently Chaosmosis, that I can muster is that his pointed usage of lack-filling language arouses me. The conceptualization, of what I believe to be sets of vaguely determinate presuppositions, fulfills the man's assurance that these signifying words are merely shifters amidst not-yet-fully-realized social situations. Therefore, as complex as his compositions may be, I walk away 'feeling' his intent. Although theorists within the Continental tradition ...more
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Jan 15, 2009 Eric Phetteplace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Potent diction, better than 3 Ecologies. It's tough to say why I enjoy Deleuzoguattarian formulations over, say, Lacan or other philosophies which are similarly complex, but I do know that I can enjoy it without much understanding. I think their inherent optimism helps, as does the anti-capitalist presumptions which are more evident with them than Lacan, for instance, but that doesn't explain why I like Guattari more than, say, Zizek.
Some issues I have with D&G that are particularly present
May 10, 2016 Arda rated it liked it
From the Culture Studies notes:

Questions revolving around subjectivity have been demonstrated by Guattari (1995), who explores the notions of how the self, when in receiver-mode, becomes the identity that is received-to, talked-to, subjected-to. He clarifies this with the example of watching television: When confronted with TV, the person is turned into a subject: an identity that is the outcome of what it is subjected to through an activity that involves ‘refrain’ that takes one onto another pa
Aug 10, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it
Obtuse and overly complex language make this book nearly unreadable like many of Deleuze/Guattari's works. I unfortunately didn't have the time to mire in the details, but what I was able to extract was fascinating. His project is to redefine subjectivity/objectivity and to rework phenomenology and psychoanalysis. Definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about phenomenology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, or post-structuralism on a higher level.
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theyres some ok thoughts but also allot of redunndancy about things mutating and intermingling. thers too much ontology which who cares about and the real arguments are to oshort.
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Pierre-Félix Guattari was a French militant, an institutional psychotherapist, philosopher, and semiotician; he founded both schizoanalysis and ecosophy. Guattari is best known for his intellectual collaborations with Gilles Deleuze, most notably Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980), the two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
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