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Deleuze and Anarchism$
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Chantelle Gray van Heerden and Aragorn Eloff

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439077

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439077.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Deleuze and Anarchism
Chantelle Gray van Heerden

Aragorn Eloff

Edinburgh University Press

In an interview with Antonio Negri, philosopher Gilles Deleuze memorably states that he and his co-author of many books, Félix Guattari, remained Marxists throughout because of the emphasis Marxism places on capitalist dynamics, an aspect they deem essential to any political philosophy. We see in their individual and collaborative work, then, continued analyses of capitalism, as well as an exploration of mechanisms that can be implemented to prevent the formation of what they term the ‘State apparatus’ – or hierarchical sociopolitical structures. However, Deleuze and Guattari’s insistence on these aspects, as well as the decentralisation of power and the production of the new, have led many anarchists to recognise an anarchist, rather than Marxist, ‘sensibility’ in their work. There has also, since the publication of ...

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