Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy

Intensive Science Virtual Philosophy Deleuze is now regarded as the most radical and influential of contemporary philosophers Here Manuel DeLanda makes sense of Deleuze for both analytic and continental thought for both science and phil

  • Title: Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy
  • Author: Manuel De Landa
  • ISBN: 9780826479327
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Deleuze is now regarded as the most radical and influential of contemporary philosophers Here Manuel DeLanda makes sense of Deleuze for both analytic and continental thought, for both science and philosophy.

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    1. Usually, I don't pen reviews, but since this book, which I consider to be important in the field of Deleuze studies, hasn't received any actual criticism but has had been discussed as an important artefact in the question of whether or not Deleuze (and Guattari) ought to be exonerated of the most heinous crime of employing a vocabulary that draws on a wide range of sources, among them (how dare they!) also STEM, I will say a few words about the book itself, in order to facilitate lecture of this [...]

    2. this is a great reading of deleuze, unique, literate, scientific, all in explication of concepts and specific terminology. intensive science is reading of new ways, to generate lines of flight, to create concepts, on the plane of immanence (if you understand that maybe the book says nothing new), but such is the potential of using the virtual. de landa here suggests deleuze is offering new metaphysics specifically for modern science, including disciplines not previously approached by continental [...]

    3. Rather than going back to worship at the temple of Deleuze, DeLanda's polymathic interdisciplinary approach pushes well beyond the comfort zones of orthodox Deleuzianism (although I recognize the oxymoron of "orthodox" and "Deleuze!).

    4. I absolutely loved this book, which helped me understand the quite difficult philosophy of Deleuze & Guattari. Delanda draws from a variety of scientific and mathematical fields in the process of explaining their work.

    5. It's good and smart and whatever but I still think a realist reading of deleuze is the most buzzkilly thing ever

    6. The first chapter of this book is mandatory reading for understanding the mathematical concepts Deleuze uses.

    7. Though I still don't trust Deleuze or his diehard followers, this book did give me more respect for his work.In Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy, DeLanda tries to bring Deleuze's ontology into dialogue with modern mathematics and science. Not that Deleuze didn't know about modern developments. Rather, DeLanda tries to make Deleuze's brief and cryptic references to the sciences and mathematics understandable. Throughout, DeLanda argues that the essences and universals of traditional ontol [...]

    8. I had previously read and adored both A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History and Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason, but I was reluctant to read Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy, Manuel De Landa's attempt to extend and present the work of Gilles Deleuze to physical scientists with an interest in philosophy. While I'm right in the target demographic (by interest and history, if not current profession), I think of Deleuze as a canonical example of the deliberately [...]

    9. Delanda presents a fairly erudite examination of Deleuze's virtual philosophy. Here, Delanda shies away from using much of Deleuze and Guattari's imaginative language, seeking to verify it instead using mathematics and science. While this intensely interesting, Delanda does some less versed readers of Deleuze and Guattari a service by approaching the subject matter tangentially. In a way, Delanda actually violates some of Deleuzes aesthetics with this explanation by presenting a set view of phil [...]

    10. On many accounts, this is a lovable and welcome book. Since deLanda is indisputably the most influential interpreter of Deleuze's work in North America, it's hard not to esteem the work done on clarifying the concepts from the sciences (physics, biology) and mathematics Deleuze has been using throughout his career. Also, to someone coming more from a political theory / philosophy background than science, it's refreshing to see how these references clash with a, say, more "philosophical" reading [...]

    11. Manuel de Landa is one of my favorite authors. He takes the work of Deleuze (and Deleuze and Guattari) and translates it into something timely and practical. The contents of this book are nothing less than profound. If the value of D&G's books lay in what you could do with them, then de Landa is the one who has actually done something spectacular with them. I'm not a philosopher or an expert in communications theory, so I can't comment on the scholarliness of the work. However there is somet [...]

    12. For a persistent and hard-working reader, this book unrolls itself like a red carpet. In the philosophy of Deleuze, Manuel DeLanda locates the starting point for a reassessment of Western philosophy in the wake of modern scientific discovery. DeLanda then sets out to adjust the conversation. In DeLanda's account, the bedrock philosophical idea of essence--the fixity of identity, the stability of options, the predictability of cause and effect, the availability of solutions--is the victim of high [...]

    13. I am a simple man, and I prefer my philosophy straightforward and Anglo-Saxon. With its bewildering array of terminology, this exhibits the worst excesses of Continental philosophy, intended more to obfuscate than to elucidate. The basic programme of the book, to provide a replacement for essentialism, seems to be solving a problem which isn't, and the proposed solution is neither clear nor convincing.I found de Landa's habit of cherry-picking examples from other disciplines to be particularly a [...]

    14. What came first the Chicken or the Egg? Read this book and find out. A fascinating ontology of the Virtual. If you persevered through Difference and Repetition and liked what you read, then this book is for you. If not, it will be difficult especially if you are not familiar, at least conceptually, with abstract mathematics. DeLanda expands on the concepts of morphogenesis, intensities, complexity theory etc. He puts a fork in Essentialism as such, and carefully considers an alternative process [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book. Delanda does a great job of synthesizing Deleuzes thoughts into a specific focus (I appreciate. I am not the intended audience (scientist), but i feel that i got a lot out this book anyway from his examples and connections he makes to other thinkers. The section on intensive time was particularly interesting. The appendix is also useful for enhancing your understanding of Deleuzes shifting terminology over several of his different books.I can't say how confusing this [...]

    16. This book is bit different from DeLanda's other works. He discusses in the opening to the book the difficulty of writing to a specific audience, in this case scientists, without losing other audiences. While the subject matter has more to do with approaches to science than any science in particular it feels at times too content-less. Perhaps this is where is differs most from 1,000 years of non-linear History, which maintained a good deal of grounding. The discussion of time and the interpretati [...]

    17. Outstanding companion piece to Deleuze's Difference and Repetition. In fact, indispensable. DeLanda's grasp of Post-Modern thought, Deleuze's thought in particular and command of gradient screen diffusion and nonequillibrium thermodynamics makes Deleuze's prescience palpable and thrilling. If you love science, math, relativity, biology, then you'll love this book. Caution. It's highly subtle and demands a comprehensive wide-ranging understanding of the principles discussed.

    18. Fails in too many interpretations of non-linear and complexity science concepts. And sometimes enters in some deep renaming that is definitely confusing and most probably unnecessary. But at least there are some nice insights on how could an ontology be created based on emergence and modern dynamical systems theory. One of those books that are interesting more because of the idea and the struggle than for the end result.

    19. "If you like Deleuze, you'll love Manuel DeLanda!!" But it is truly an inciteful and clear dissection of Deleuze's virtual philosophy through lay (yet erudite) science and mathematics. Even the architects can get it.

    20. Fashionable nonsense - essentially a math textbook copied over and then somehow connected to ideas like immanence.

    21. More thesis avoidance; this is actually a useful book about vectors, and why math is interesting just to think about.Subtitle: Songs of Mathematical Innocence, and Inexperience

    22. Pity he likes markets so much. But this version of Deleuzean ontology is useful to me because it makes a bridge to the kind of math I do.

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