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A Mortuary Axiomatic

Brent Adkins

in Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger and Deleuze

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627967
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627967.003.0010
A Mortuary Axiomatic

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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

Chapter.  11174 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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