On the Greatness of Marx

A very interesting discussion of Deleuze’s planned but unfinished book on Marx.


I think Felix Guattari and I have remained Marxists, in our two different ways, perhaps, but both of us.

Control and Becoming
Gilles Deleuze in conversation with Antonio Negri

The final book Deleuze was working on before his untimely death, ‘Grandeur de Marx’, has an almost mythical status among followers and readers of Deleuze’s philosophy. Marx occupies a relatively privileged place in Deleuze’s work (perhaps just behind Spinoza, Bergson, and Nietzsche), especially in his two works with Felix Guattari: Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, but which can be found even earlier in his discussion of Marx and revolution in Difference & Repetition. But the exact relationship between Deleuze, and the system of thought he developed, and Marx or Marxism, has remained somewhat ambiguous. I don’t think I’m going to be able to solve that here, but I wanted to collect together some pieces of information which I…

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