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Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger and Deleuze$
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Brent Adkins

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627967

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627967.001.0001

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A Mortuary Axiomatic

A Mortuary Axiomatic

(p.170) 9 A Mortuary Axiomatic
Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger and Deleuze

Brent Adkins

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the way in which the colonising power of Oedipus has affected the way we think about death as described by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in Anti-Oedipus. It argues that in the same way that capitalism makes Oedipus possible, so it also creates the antinomy between mournful and melancholic accounts of death. The chapter contends that both sides of the antimony are false and that a productive account of desire makes a new way of thinking about death possible.

Keywords:   Oedipus, death, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus, capitalism, antimony

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