“When I was a child, I was, so to speak, in pieces: really a little schizo around the edges. I spent years trying to put myself back together again. Only my thing was, I would pull along different pieces of realities in doing it.” This collection of essays and interviews edited by Sylvère Lotringer and published in 1995, focuses on the French anti-psychiatrist and theorist’s work as director of the experimental La Borde clinic (“A Clinic Unlike Any Other”) and longtime collaborator with the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
Chaosophy>/i> is a groundbreaking introduction to Guattari’s theories on “schizo-analysis”: a process meant to replace Freudian interpretation with a more pragmatic, experimental, and collective approach rooted in reality. Unlike Freud, Guattari believes that schizophrenia is an extreme mental state induced by the capitalist system itself, which keeps enforcing neurosis as a way of maintaining normality. Guattari’s post-Marxist vision of capitalism provides a new definition not only of mental illness, but also of the micropolitical means of its subversion. This collection contains key essays, such as the seminal “Balance-Sheet Program for Desiring-Machines” (originally in the French edition of Anti-Oedipus ) and “Capitalism and Schizophrenia,” co-signed by Deleuze (with whom he co-authored Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus ), as well as the perennially provocative “Everybody Wants To Be a Fascist”