A Method to the Madness: The Revolutionary Marxist Method of Deleuze and Guattari

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In this article, Andrew Culp looks to how Gilles Deleuze and Félix
Guattari flip Marxism on its head. He makes the case by drawing
on Marx’s own distinction between the dialectical mode of
presentation and research-based mode of inquiry that went into
writing Capital, which leads him to consult the prefaces and
afterwords to Capital in addition to Marxist feminists who discuss
the book’s sensational style. Culp then argues that Deleuze and
Guattari’s most significant contribution to Marxism is a
methodological one, as found in their critical and clinical
anthropology, which outlines the universal history of capitalism
(diagrammed by Culp in an included chart). The result, he
maintains, frees images of radical change from dialectics, liberal
democracy, markets, or production as engines of revolution. In
their place, he locates a new critique of political economics based
on the destruction of economics itself by way of a revolution of
the outside.

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