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Schizoanalysis and the pedagogy of the oppressed

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Abstract


  • In Nietzsche and Philosophy (1983), Deleuze suggests that in order to understand

    a thinker properly one has to know who they were against (p. 162). In

    the case of Deleuze, both on his own and in collaboration with Guattari, the

    received wisdom is that he was against Hegel. In part this is because of the way

    in Nietzsche and Philosophy he positions Hegel as Nietzsche's enemy. But this

    'meme', if you will, which is reproduced in the secondary literature on Deleuze

    and Guattari with such monotonous regularity it can justly be termed a cliche,

    obscures more than it reveals, giving us an image of thought (to use Deleuze

    and Guattari's own useful concept for cliched thinking) in the place of what

    was actually thought. However, it is not just Deleuzians who are guilty of this.

    Hegel is frequently painted as a dark figure in French thought, particularly by

    the generation of thinkers loosely known as post-structuralists, e.g., Deleuze,

    Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard. But this depiction of Hegel as a kind of a philosophical

    wrong turn overlooks the fact that he was also a profound inspiration

    to some of the keenest and most radical minds of the generation before the

    post -structuralists, such as Sartre and Beauvoir, and the many thinkers they

    inspired such as Fanon, Memmi, and the great Brazilian educationalist Paulo

    Freire. In other words, in the span of a single generation Hegel went from being

    the potent ally of politically-motivated philosophers to the arch enemy of the

    same, despite the fact that the later generation of philosophers were, politically

    speaking, largely in sympathy with their predecessors, sharing their concern

    for justice, equality and the need for critical thinking. This scission needs to be

    explained.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. (2014). Schizoanalysis and the pedagogy of the oppressed. In M. Carlin & J. J. Wallin (Eds.), Deleuze & Guattari, Politics and Education: For a People-Yet-to-Come (pp. 1-14). USA: Bloomsbury Publishing.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1749

Book Title


  • Deleuze & Guattari, Politics and Education: For a People-Yet-to-Come

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Abstract


  • In Nietzsche and Philosophy (1983), Deleuze suggests that in order to understand

    a thinker properly one has to know who they were against (p. 162). In

    the case of Deleuze, both on his own and in collaboration with Guattari, the

    received wisdom is that he was against Hegel. In part this is because of the way

    in Nietzsche and Philosophy he positions Hegel as Nietzsche's enemy. But this

    'meme', if you will, which is reproduced in the secondary literature on Deleuze

    and Guattari with such monotonous regularity it can justly be termed a cliche,

    obscures more than it reveals, giving us an image of thought (to use Deleuze

    and Guattari's own useful concept for cliched thinking) in the place of what

    was actually thought. However, it is not just Deleuzians who are guilty of this.

    Hegel is frequently painted as a dark figure in French thought, particularly by

    the generation of thinkers loosely known as post-structuralists, e.g., Deleuze,

    Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard. But this depiction of Hegel as a kind of a philosophical

    wrong turn overlooks the fact that he was also a profound inspiration

    to some of the keenest and most radical minds of the generation before the

    post -structuralists, such as Sartre and Beauvoir, and the many thinkers they

    inspired such as Fanon, Memmi, and the great Brazilian educationalist Paulo

    Freire. In other words, in the span of a single generation Hegel went from being

    the potent ally of politically-motivated philosophers to the arch enemy of the

    same, despite the fact that the later generation of philosophers were, politically

    speaking, largely in sympathy with their predecessors, sharing their concern

    for justice, equality and the need for critical thinking. This scission needs to be

    explained.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. (2014). Schizoanalysis and the pedagogy of the oppressed. In M. Carlin & J. J. Wallin (Eds.), Deleuze & Guattari, Politics and Education: For a People-Yet-to-Come (pp. 1-14). USA: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1749

Book Title


  • Deleuze & Guattari, Politics and Education: For a People-Yet-to-Come

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14