Monday, May 18, 2009

Books read the summer after high school:

Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche, Karl Marx: selected writings on sociology and social philosophy, and Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Deleuze and Guattari. Actually, while I got pretty far in Anti-Oedipus I had to eventually admit defeat.

The text cites an enormous number of theorists who you have to be familiar with to go further. I think it was when I figured out that I'd have to read a fourth psychologist, Melanie Klein, on the part-whole relationship that I kind of admitted defeat. And the book is primarily about society and is not a psychological treatise. I had read Freud, Reich, was reading about Lacan, as well as dipping my foot into social anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss by the time I kind of gave up. But it did have quite an influence on my thinking, in ways that I'm not even consciously aware of.

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