The Science of Events: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

The Science of Events: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

Edward P. Kazarian

Language: English

Pages: 308

ISBN: 2:00145586

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This project began with my suspicions that there were serious problems with the
conventional view of Deleuze's relationship to psychoanalysis, at least among his
English speaking readers. I argue that while it is reasonable to view Deleuze as
a consistent critic of psychoanalysis, the nature of that critical positionwas, at
least until the middle of the 1970s, essentially analogous to his similarly critical
position towards philosophy.
Deleuze's affirmation of philosophy was always directed towards a
“philosophy of the future,” which would have completed the critical task of
“overturning Platonism” and dispensed with the “image of thought” that has
governed the major line of the Western philosophical tradition since Plato, tying it
to a series of figures of the Same. Accordingly, while he always affirmed
philosophy, Deleuze's affirmation only came on the condition that it should prove
to be a mode of thought capable of affirming difference as such. I contendthat a
careful reading of Deleuze's approach to psychoanalysis in the period between
the beginning of the 1960s and the middle of the 1970s will reveal a similarly
conditional affirmation, and on very similar grounds.
In order to demonstrate the viability of such a reading, the dissertation
traces the following path. First, it shows that the conventional view is based
more on a refusal to read the relationship between Deleuze and psychoanalysis
in any depth. Second, it attempts to develop a systematic overview of the critical
position Deleuze and his collaborators came to in the 1970s. Thirdly, it shows
that many of the same criticisms can be found in works dating back to the very
early 1960s, except that they are there accompanied by a vision of a reformed
psychoanalysis that would have both therapeutic and revolutionary value.
Finally, the significance of this difference to Deleuze's philosophy as a whole is
explored in a consideration of the place of psychoanalysis in Deleuze's major
works of the late 1960s, in the course of an explanation of the value of the
conditions he attaches to his claim, in The Logic of Sense, that psychoanalysis
could be “the science of events.”















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