Guattari's Diagrammatic Thought: Writing Between Lacan and by Janell Watson

By Janell Watson

Félix Guattari was once a French political militant, working towards psychoanalyst and foreign public highbrow. he's most sensible recognized for his paintings with the thinker Gilles Deleuze at the two-volume Capitalism and Schizophrenia, probably the most influential works of post-structuralism. From the mid-1950s onward, Guattari exerted a profound but usually behind-the-scenes effect on institutional psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, radical politics and philosophy.
Guattari's Diagrammtic Thought examines the writings that Guattari authored on his personal, either sooner than and through his collaboration with Deleuze, delivering a startlingly clean viewpoint on highbrow and political traits in France and past throughout the moment half the 20th century.

Janell Watson recognizes the historic and biographical point of Guattari's writing and explores the relevance of his theoretical principles to themes as different because the may perhaps 1968 scholar move, Lacanian psychoanalysis, neo-liberalism, ethnic identification, microbiology, quantum mechanics, chaos conception, ecology, the mass media, and the subjective dimensions of data know-how. The e-book demonstrates that Guattari's designated inspiration strategy yields a markedly Guattarian model of many probably common Deleuzean notions.

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In other words, the subject group acknowledges the above-mentioned indecipherable totemic object which was erected at the very spot where full, or true, speech becomes impossible. The gap occupied by the ineffable object is precisely where the group's cre­ ativity could spring up, and therefore the nonsense of empty speech must be assumed by the group in order for it to produce effective statements. The very formation of such a group is singular because one belongs to it owing to a particular, transitory problem (and not out of an eternal anxiety or death drive) .

However, as Lacan himself taught, mere verbalization, especially that offered by the analyst, will not necessarily advance the treatment Guattari asks how transference works in the institutional setting, then decides that a new technique is needed, presenting his conclusions in two 1964 papers, "Transference" and "Transversality," both addressed to his peers in professional psychotherapy. These essays can be read as a formal theoret­ ical presentation of the principles of therapeutic practice at La Borde, a view held by Oury who, even while fully recognizing Guattari as the author of the transversality essay, says that at the same time he feels as if they co-wrote it, because it so reflects their clinical work together (Oury and Depusse 2003: 230) .

To appreciate "transversality" as a clinical concept, it will be helpful to review Lacan's teachings on transference. Taking issue with the psychoanalytic mainstream, Lacan describes what he considered to be the "crudest" use of transference in practice, namely the approach of making "transference into the succession or sum total of positive or negative feelings the patient has for the analyst" (E 503 ) . This happens when analysts bring everything back to themselves, as person or as ego. Bruce Fink succinctly explains, glossing Lacan, that this amounts to "'collapsing the symbolic transference into the imaginary.

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