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Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus

A Critical Introduction and Guide

Brent Adkins

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A guide to Deleuze and Guattari's masterwork, A Thousand Plateaus

The sheer volume and complexity of Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus can be daunting. What is an assemblage? What is a rhizome? What is a war machine? What is a body without organs? What is becoming-animal? Brent Adkins demonstrates that all the questions raised by A Thousand Plateaus are in service to Deleuze and Guattari's radical reconstruction of the methods and aims of philosophy itself.

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Introduction: A Perceptual Semiotics
1. Rhizome
2. 1914: One or Several Wolves?
3. 10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals
4. November 20, 1923: Postulates of Linguistics
5. 587 B.C. – A.D. 70: On Several Regimes of Signs
6. November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?
7. Year Zero: Faciality
8. 1874: Three Novellas, or ‘What Happened?’
9. 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity
10. 1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible…
11. 1837: Of the Refrain
12. 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – The War Machine
13. 7000 B.C.: Apparatus of Capture
14. 1440: The Smooth and the Striated
Conclusion: The Ethics of Becoming
Suggestions for Further Reading

About the Author

Brent Adkins is Professor of Philosophy at Roanoke College.


Brent Adkins has provided a great service to scholars, teachers and students with this very clear, precise, and insightful work. I will definitely use it in my courses and have every reason to recommend it to other teachers as well as to professionals looking for an overview of Deleuze and Guattari’s complex and difficult text.

- John Protevi, Louisiana State University

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