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A Thousand Plateaus  
Author Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
Original title Mille Plateaux
Translator Brian Massumi
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Philosophy
Publisher Minuit (Original French); Continuum (English Translation)
Publication date 1980
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)

A Thousand Plateaus is the second book in the Capitalism and Schizophrenia volume, the first being Anti-Oedipus.

The English translation was made by Brian Massumi. Before the full translation appeared in 1988, the twelfth "plateau" was published separately as Nomadology: The War Machine (New York: Semiotext(e), 1986).

A Thousand Plateaus served as a 'model' for Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's book Empire. Negri, who has also collaborated with Guattari, once called it "the most important philosophical text of the 20th Century."[1]



Other than the introduction and conclusion, the authors indicate that the plateaus may be read in any order, emphasizing the rhizomatic nature of the knowledge presented and the infinite number of permutations that are possible for such assemblages.

  • Rhizome (Introduction)
  • 1914: One or Several Wolves?
  • 10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals (Who Does the Earth Think It Is?)
  • November 20, 1923: Postulates of Linguistics
  • 587 B.C.-A.D. 70: On Several Regimes of Signs
  • November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?
  • Year Zero: Faciality
  • 1874: Three Novellas, or "What Happened?"
  • 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity
  • 1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible...
  • 1837: Of the Refrain
  • 1227: Treatise on Nomadology; The War Machine
  • 7000 B.C.: Apparatus of the Capture
  • 1440: The Smooth and the Striated

See also


  1. ^ Hardt and Negri (2000) and Guattari and Negri (1985).


  • Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. 1972. Anti-Œdipus. Trans. Robert Hurley, Mark Seem and Helen R. Lane. London and New York: Continuum, 2004. Vol. 1 of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 2 vols. 1972-1980. Trans. of L'Anti-Oedipe. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. ISBN 0826476953.
  • ---. 1980. A Thousand Plateaus. Trans. Brian Massumi. London and New York: Continuum, 2004. Vol. 2 of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 2 vols. 1972-1980. Trans. of Mille Plateaux. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. ISBN 0826476945.
  • Guattari, Félix. 1984. Molecular Revolution: Psychiatry and Politics. Trans. Rosemary Sheed. Harmondsworth: Penguin. ISBN 0140551603.
  • Guattari, Félix and Toni Negri. 1985. Communists Like Us: New Spaces of Liberty, New Lines of Alliance. Trans. Michael Ryan. Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents Ser. New York: Semiotext(e), 1990. Trans. of Nouvelles espaces de liberte. Paris: Bedon. ISBN 0936756217.
  • Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. 2000. Empire. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard UP. ISBN 0674006712.
  • Massumi, Brian. 1992. A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari. Swerve editions. Cambridge, USA and London: MIT. ISBN 0262631431.

External links

  • April 10, 2006 article by John Philipps, with an explanation of the incomplete translation of "agencement" by "assemblage" ("One of the earliest attempts to translate Deleuze and Guattari’s use of the term agencement appears in the first published translation, by Paul Foss and Paul Patton in 1981, of the article “Rhizome.” The English term they use, assemblage, is retained in Brian Massumi’s later English version, when “Rhizome” appears as the Introduction to A Thousand Plateaus.")
  • has proclaimed 2008 to become "A Year of a Thousand Plateaus", by introducing a global readership gathering around their wiki.
  • "Drawings from A Thousand Plateaus" presents a paragraph by paragraph diagrammatic interpretation of the first two chapters of A Thousand Plateaus, by artist Marc Ngui.


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