Anti-Oedipus and Other Reflections: Lecture 2, 03 June 1980

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 03 June 1980. This is lecture 2 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 03 June 1980 lecture, topics of discussion include: lines of flight; geoanalysis and psychoanalysis; the danger of lines of flight and life; linguistics; the French writer, philosopher and literary theorist Maurice Blanchot; the German-language writer Franz Kafka; the distance between the "I" (Je) and the "he" (il); schools of thought on the self (le Moi); language and the impersonal "he"; the pure singularity; French psychologist, philosopher and doctor Pierre Janet, his From Anguish to Ecstasy (De l'Angoisse à l'extase) and hysteria; French linguist and semiotician Émile Benveniste and the personal pronoun; German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, dialectics, and the concept of Hic et Nunc (here and now); the linguistic concept 'shifter' (embrayeur); German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the pure being of collection; individuation, person and event; English thought; a moral of individuation, with the example of the tribe; French poet Joë Bousquet and the idea "my injury preexisted me" (ma blessure me préexistait); the effectuation of the event; dignity in the face of the event; and ethics.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 1:57:37), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (25 pp) and plain text.

Note: The French transcription for the part 2 audio file is incomplete. The last (approx.) 16 minutes has not been transcribed. The transcription ends at the (approx.) 39:21 mark of the part 2 audio file, the (approx.) 1:41:30 mark of the complete audio file.


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 3 juin 1980, les sujets de discussion comprennent: les lignes de fuite; la géoanalyse et la psychanalyse; le danger des lignes de fuite et la vie; linguistique; l'écrivain, philosophe et théoricien littéraire français Maurice Blanchot; l'écrivain germanophone Franz Kafka; la distance entre le Je et le il; les écoles de pensée sur le Moi; le langage et le il impersonnel; la singularité pure; le psychologue, philosophe et médecin français Pierre Janet, son De l'Angoisse à l'extase et l'hystérie; le linguiste et sémioticien français Émile Benveniste et le pronom personnel; le philosophe allemand G.W.F. Hegel, Phénoménologie de l'esprit, la dialectique et le concept de Hic et Nunc; le concept linguistique de 'shifter' (d’embrayeur); le philosophe allemand Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz et le pur être de collection; individuation, personne et événement; la pensée anglaise; une morale de l'individuation, avec l'exemple de la tribu; le poète français Joë Bousquet et l'idée «ma blessure me préexistait»; l'effectuation de l'événement; la dignité face à l'événement; et l'éthique.

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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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