The Oedipal Animal? Companion Species and Becoming

Joanna Bednarek

in Deleuze and the Animal

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9781474422734
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781474434959 | DOI:

Series: Deleuze Connections

The Oedipal Animal? Companion Species and Becoming

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This chapter raises the issue of Deleuze and Guattari’s tendency to perpetuate the anthropocentric limitations of philosophy. Does Capitalism and Schizophrenia provides us with tools for dismantling anthropocentrism or is it another majoritarian philosophical work centering on the human being? What is the position of empirical, ‘molar’ nonhuman animals in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy? When answering these questions, the chapter focuses on the category of becoming-animal, and juxtaposes it with Donna Haraway’s concepts of ‘co-evolution’, ‘becoming-with’ and ‘companion species.’ Haraway’s critique of the wolf-dog opposition in A Thousand Plateaus shows that its authors do little more there than employ conventional imagery of domestic and wild animals. Using Haraway’s term, becoming could be modified into becoming-with in order to stress the reality of a molar dimension of the minor term of becoming as well as the connection between molecular transformations occurring in the process of becoming and their effect on the molar being of the minor term. From this perspective, the history of humans’ and dogs’ co-evolution may be viewed as a space in which becoming-with can take place.

Keywords: Deleuze; Guattari; Haraway; Nature cultures; molecular; becoming-animal; becoming-with; companion species

Chapter.  9894 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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