Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy has ratings and 26 reviews. Here Manuel DeLanda makes sense of Deleuze for both analytic and continental. Nov 24, Regardless, what Delanda has done in this “already classic” book (back cover blurb) is to develop a notion of individuation, the virtual, and the. Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy cuts to the heart of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and of today’s science the start of the 21st Century.

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Massimo Pigliucci – – University of Chicago Press. One of those books that are interesting more because of the idea and the struggle than for the end result. Wcience parts of an object put together in an assembly line are fully Euclidean, with rigid metric properties such as sizes, shapes and positions.

If this book were to supplement some of Deleuze’s conceptions such as the virtual Delanda should have focused more on this aspect of Deleuze’s diachronistic changes. And yet, this work could be an philospohy on its own, one that would create its own grasp.

Linear causality renders a system unproblematic, whearas “nonlinear and statistical causality re-problematize material systems, showing them capable of self-organization and self-assembly, with many things left unexplained in the effect after the mere citation of an external cause.

Request removal from index. To some degree this can be thought of as just one aspect of Deleuze and Guattari, but it is one which readers of Deleuze and Guattari often miss because the methodology of their examination is so different form the analytic “pragmatism” with which science and math are often presented.


For me this undermines Delanda’s book. The Conflict of Interpretations Paul Ricoeur. Keep in mind that classifying geometrical objects by their degrees of symmetry is a sharp departure from the traditional classification of geometrical figures by their essences. DeLanda is and has been for many years one of the best explicators of Deleuze The topological form untensive singularities is mechanism independentindependent of their physical mechanisms Intensove, therefore, is not absolute but produced through perception or interaction between contrasting and embedded processes.

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The Three Ecologies Felix Guattari. DeLanda then sets out to adjust the conversation.

Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy by Manuel De Landa

He puts a fork in Essentialism as such, and carefully considers an alternative process of becoming. It’s good and smart and whatever but I still think a realist reading of deleuze is the most buzzkilly thing ever. By contrast, contemporary science argues that the process of speciation is intensive in the sense that its description involves ideas of population and heterogeneity in population thinking, using statistical analysis, the average is an abstraction and only the variation is real.

Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series, this edition includes a new preface by Delanda, revisiting the themes of his book ten years on. Deleuze’s ontology chapter 2 to 3 ; 3. Animals and Humans, Thinking and Nature.

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In fact intsnsive appendix suggests this. The three ontological dimensions constituting Deleuzian thought—the virtual, the intensive, and the actual—can be understood in terms of individuals at different spatial scales populating the actual world embodied in discontinuous spatial or metric structures condensing out of a nonmetric, virtual continuum To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Latour does “flat ontology” rather well, and so does Garcia, but looking at Harman, I am not entirely convinced this is the right way.


Here, Delanda shies away from using much of Deleuze and Guattari’s imaginative language, seeking to verify it instead using mathematics and science. Here Manuel DeLanda makes sense of Deleuze for both analytic and continental thought, for both science and philosophy.

Do Virtual Particles Exist? The book consists out of four parts save the short introduction ; four chapters and an appendix.

Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy

As migration and folding invagination begin to yield finished anatomical structures nonmetric relations become progressively replaced by a less flexible set of metric ones Winsberg – – University of Philozophy Press. A key concept in the definition of philosopyh multiplicity is that of invariant, but invariances are always relative to some transformation. The forms are thus statistical results of the population individuating itself through differential rates of change: I am still unsure about the idea of a flat ontology, and its implications.

Rather, DeLanda tries to make Deleuze’s brief and cryptic references to the sciences and mathematics understandable.