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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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Anarchy and Institution: A New Sadean Possibility

Anarchy and Institution: A New Sadean Possibility

(p.136) Chapter 8 Anarchy and Institution: A New Sadean Possibility
Deleuze and Anarchism

Natascia Tosel

Edinburgh University Press

The aim of this chapter is to analyse the concept of anarchy in relation to that of institutions, both conceived of in a Deleuzian way of thinking. The starting point is the remark which Deleuze made about Sade in Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty (1967), where Deleuze talks about the possible strategies to criticise law. According to Sade, law belongs to a second nature and depends on a principle which belongs, instead, to the first nature: this principle is anarchy, understood like an institution. Following Sade, Deleuze seems to understand the possibility to link the institution and anarchy and it is this connection that forms the basis of this chapter.

Keywords:   sadistic system of thought, masochistic system of thought, Marquis de Sade, moral law, irony

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