Anti-Oedipus and Other Reflections: Lecture 1, 27 May 1980

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 27 May 1980. This is lecture 1 of a 2-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between May and June 1980.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

“Anti-Oedipus and Other Reflections” was a two lecture seminar given in late May and early June of 1980. Here, Deleuze reflects on his well-known book, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (co-authored with Félix Guattari, 1972; English translation 1977), and other concepts he had been developing up to and at that time.

In the 27 May 1980 lecture, topics of discussion include: schizophrenia; psychiatry and psychoanalysis; madness as process; German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers and his book Strindberg and Van Gogh; the concepts of 'flow' and 'process'; statements of delirium along historical lines and social fields rather than according to family relations; the Austrian writer and journalist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; delirium and lines of flight of world-historical fields; cartography; American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and the crack (fêlure); segmentarity, line and segments; schizophrenia and the clinic; the Russian philosopher Lev Shestov (Léon Chestov); fascism, totalitarianism and process; music and process; life, death, process, and affects and concepts; process and apathy; pleasure as interrupting process, desire as uninterrupted (continu) process; process (desire, life) and the fact (death, pleasure, the constraints of the organic); lines of life and organic lines; the process of matter-movement, with reference to the primitive (primitif) metallurgist; Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and transcendence; Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza his Letters, immanence, and death; and the clinical state.

This dataset includes: three mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:01:41), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (31 pp) and plain text.


Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

«Anti-Œdipe et autres réflexions» était un séminaire de deux conférences donné à la fin de mai et au début de juin 1980. Deleuze réfléchit sur son livre bien connu Capitalisme et Schizophrénie 1. L'Anti-Œdipe (co-auteur de Félix Guattari, 1972 ; traduction anglaise 1977), et d'autres concepts qu'il avait développés jusqu'alors.

Dans la conférence du 27 mai 1980, les sujets de discussion comprennent: la schizophrénie; psychiatrie et psychanalyse; la folie comme processus; le psychiatre et philosophe germano-suisse Karl Jaspers, et son livre Strindberg et Van Gogh; les concepts de «flux» et de «processus»; les énoncés du délire selon les lignes historiques et les domaines champs sociaux, et non selon les rapports familiaux; l'écrivain et journaliste autrichien Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; le délire et les lignes de fuite des champs historico-mondiales; cartographie; l'écrivain américain F. Scott Fitzgerald et la fêlure; la segmentarité, ligne et segments; la schizophrénie et la clinique; le philosophe russe Léon Chestov; le fascisme, le totalitarisme et processus; musique et processus; la vie, la mort et processus, et les affects et les concepts; processus et l’apathie; le désir comme processus; le plaisir interrompt le processus, le désir comme processus continu; le processus (le désir, la vie) et le fait (la mort, le plaisir, les contraintes de l'organique); lignes de vie et lignes organiques; le processus de la matière-mouvement, en référence au métallurgiste primitif; le philosophe danois Søren Kierkegaard et la transcendance; le philosophe hollandais Baruch Spinoza, ses Lettres, l’immanence et la mort; et l'état clinique.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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