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  • Series: Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826456235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826456236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,488,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] highly original...book...The structure of the book is simple, with four chapters devoted to mathematics, space, time, and physics, respectively. Quarrels over Deleuzian terminology are banished to a very helpful appendix...DeLanda has certainly rendered this territory more palpable to the analytically oriented.' Leslie Dema, University of Guelph, Canada, Journal of The European Legacy, (Vol 11, No. 6)

'...Manuel DeLanda's Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy ...an exceptionally wrought and detailed investigation of Deleuze's philosophy in relation to contemporary debates in science, including the 'new science' of complexity theory...exceptional. DeLanda is and has been for many years one of the best explicators of Deleuze...his skill in this area is very much in evidence in his most recent book. (Marcel Swiboda Immanence) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Now in the Bloomsbury Revelations series 10 years on from its first publication, this landmark work sees DeLanda apply Deleuze's realist philosophy to contemporary science. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Philosopher on June 29, 2006
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De Landa's Deleuze, as presented in this and other works, has its own unique "niche" among the various ways of reading this important figure. His approach tends to take as its principal text Deleuze/Guattari's *A Thousand Plateaus* and emphasizes that difficult "subtext" surfacing throughout Deleuze's broader corpus that involves what DeLanda refers to as an "ontology" derived from chaos and complexity theory and the non-linear mathematics underlying them. "Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy" is certainly the best available elucidation of this often perplexing strand of Deleuze's work and any serious student of Deleuze will benefit from it. The problem, addressed by the author in an "appendix" to the work, is that Deleuze quite deliberately alters his basic terminology from one work to the next, making a good deal of forcing necessary to fit other Deleuzian texts into DeLanda's "ontological schema." It is, in fact, not at all clear that Deleuze would have accepted DeLanda's claim about him operating with a fixed "ontology." And since DeLanda is convinced that the "key" to Deleuze is to be found in modern non-linear mathematical theory and its scientific applications, he tends almost completely to ignore that which constitutes another major aspect of Deleuze's work, namely, his intense and extensive engagement with the history of philosophy. As a helpful introduction to one very difficult aspect of Deleuze's work, this book excels; as a broader account of Deleuze's philosophy and its influence, it is quite limited and somewhat contrived.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on March 9, 2011
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This book is a reconstruction of the ontology of the Continental philosopher Gilles Deleuze, but it is one of those rare commentaries that goes beyond being a mere commentary and achieves the status of an original work of philosophy in its own right. DeLanda's reconstruction of Deleuze's ontology is, interestingly enough, approached from the standpoint of analytic philosophy. DeLanda admits that he is taking a risk in attempting to reconstruct the ontology of a Continental philosopher in terms of analytic philosophy. He runs the risk of being 'too Continental' for analytic philosophers, and 'too analytic' for Continental philosophers. Personally, I tend to think that most philosophy students these days are a bit fed up with the Continental/analytic divide and are more then willing to make accommodations for those working in differing traditions. At any rate, the brilliance of DeLanda's reconstruction should be enough to silence any complaints.

DeLanda believes that Deleuze's ontology is fundamentally based on replacing the philosophical concept of 'essence' with that of 'multiplicity' (pg9). DeLanda writes, "In a Deleuzian ontology...a species (or any other natural kind) is not defined by its essential traits but rather by the morphogenetic process that gave rise to it...while an essentialist account may rely on factors that transcend the realm of matter and energy (eternal archetypes, for instance) a morphogenetic account gets rid of all transcendent factors using exclusively form-generating resources which are immanent to the material world" (pg.9-10). DeLanda's book is an attempt to explain in detail how this process works. DeLanda attempts to define multiplicities by using the resources of chaos and complexity theories (symmetry breaking bifurcations, vector spaces, attractors, etc.).
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