Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences

Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences

by John Protevi

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A deep exploration of the many possibilities inherent in linking Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy to contemporary science, John Protevi’s Life, War, Earth demonstrates how Deleuze’s ontology of the virtual, intensive, and actual can enhance our understanding of important issues in cognitive science, biology, and geography. Protevi illustrates how a Deleuzian approach can illuminate a wide range of concerns and subjects, including ancient and contemporary warfare, human individuation processes, the “granularity problem,” panpsychism, the E. coli bacterium, the assassination attempt on U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the affective dimensions of the Occupy movement.

Frequently ambitious but always rooted in the empirical, Life, War, Earth shows how the social and the somatic are not opposed to each other but are interwoven on three time scales—the evolutionary, the developmental, and the behavioral—and on three political scales—the geopolitical, the bio-neuro-political, and the technopolitical.

Deeply attuned to the internalities of the thought of Deleuze, the book offers a unique reading of his corpus and a useful method for applying Deleuzian techniques to the natural sciences, the social sciences, political phenomena, and contemporary events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816681020
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Protevi is Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies and professor of philosophy at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (Minnesota, 2009); Time and Exteriority; Political Physics; and coauthor of Deleuze and Geophilosophy. He is also the editor of A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy.

Table of Contents




Introduction I: Deleuze and the Sciences

Introduction II: Varela and Bodies Politic

Part I. Geophilosophy: Earth and War

1. Geo-Hydro-Solar-Bio-Techno-Politics

2. The Act of Killing in Contemporary Warfare

3. Music and Ancient Warfare

Part II. Cognitive Science: Brain and Body

4. Dynamic Interactionism

5. The Political Economy of Consciousness

6. The Granularity Problem

7. Adding Deleuze to the Mix

Part III. Biology: Life and Mind

8. Larval Subjects, Enaction, and E. coli Chemotaxis

9. Mind in Life, Mind in Process

10. The Virtual Status of “Unexpressed Genetic Variation”



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