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Deleuze, Guattari and Emergence

The concept of emergence – which I define as the (diachronic) construction of functional structures in complex systems that achieve a (synchronic) focus of systematic behaviour as they constrain the behaviour of individual components – plays a crucial role in … Continue reading

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Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy

In the introduction DeLanda describes this book as a presentation of Gilles Deleuze‘s metaphysics – a kind of extreme nominalism – in an analytic manner, which apparently means with loads of maths and stuff. DeLanda here draws on the realist … Continue reading

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A New Philosophy of Society – Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity

DeLanda’s latest book is a provocative effort to think differently or, according to Montaigne’s formula, to ‘think ailleurs’ – to think elsewhere – that is, to engage in a topographic shift of positions so as to allow a meaningful shift … Continue reading

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Deleuze, Delanda and Social Complexity

The study of world politics in theoretical and empirical terms has recently witnessed an upsurge of interest in the question of complexity, drawing upon complexity theory; particularly, renewed interest in emergent properties and the aleatory nature of the political. This … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Simulation – The Emergence of Synthetic Reason

In this groundbreaking new book, Manuel DeLanda analyzes all the different genres of simulation (from cellular automata and genetic algorithms to neural nets and multi-agent systems) as a means to conceptualize the possibility spaces associated with causal (and other) capacities. … Continue reading

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Manuel De Landa – Markets and Antimarkets in the World Economy

One of the most significant epistemological events in recent years is the growing importance of historical questions in the ongoing reconceptualization of the hard sciences. I believe it is not an exaggeration to say that in the last two or … Continue reading

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Deleuze and DeLanda: A new ontology, a new political economy?

This paper will explore how the social ontology of Gilles Deleuze, as recently summed up by Manuel DeLanda, can be used in the context of economic sociology. In particular, the text will study the divergences (as well as similarities) between … Continue reading

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Manuel DeLanda’s Art of Assembly

Theorists have devoted more interest to questions of “the virtual” recently. This is due, in part, to growing familiarity with the scientific concepts necessary to its interrogation, as well as the philosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and those of philosophers … Continue reading

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DeLanda on idealism and realism

Idealists have it easy. Their reality is uniformly populated by appearances or phenomena, structured by linguistic representations or social conventions, so they can feel safe to engage in metaphysical speculation knowing that the contents of their world have been settled … Continue reading

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