- #1 Making a Body without Organs
- #2 Anti-Oedipus: Full Empty
- #3 Anti-Oedipus: Emptiness as Resistance
- #4 Anti-Oedipus: paranoid machine
- #5 Anti-Oedipus: BwO
- #6 Anti-Oedipus: BwO
- #7 Anti-Oedipus: BwO
- #8 Anti-Oedipus: BwO
- #9 Anti-Oedipus: BwO
- #10 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO
- #11 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO
- #12 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO
- #13 A Thousand Plateaus: BwO
In A Thousand Plateaus (ATP), the BwO is depicted as productive – independent of goal-directed workings of the capitalist political economy, and irreducible to the Freudian mommy-daddy-me triangle. Invoking the BwO, D&G offer a different way of thinking about the body that contrasts with the notion of the organism.
What do they mean by organism?
Here, D&G are less opposed to the organs than they are to the organism:
A body without organs is not an empty body stripped of organs, but a body upon which that which serves as organs is distributed according to crowd phenomena in the form of molecular multiplicities.
Yep. Get used to the word if you plan on reading any D&G. Multiplicity is a very imporant term. But like most important terms in D&G, it’s almost impossible to pin down a succinct definition. Remember the breast-machine, mouth-machine, etc? That’s a mulitplicity. A system of connections.
D&G also reject any kind of binary between the one and the multiple:
“It is not a problem of the One and the Multiple but of a fusional multiplicity that effectively goes beyond any opposition between the one and the multiple…There is a continuum of the intensities in substance.” (154).