By John Protevi
A deep exploration of the various probabilities inherent in linking Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy to modern technological know-how, John Protevi’s Life, warfare, Earth demonstrates how Deleuze’s ontology of the digital, in depth, and real can improve our realizing of significant concerns in cognitive technological know-how, biology, and geography. Protevi illustrates how a Deleuzian method can remove darkness from quite a lot of matters and matters, together with historic and modern war, human individuation strategies, the “granularity problem,” panpsychism, the E. coli bacterium, the assassination test on U.S. consultant Gabrielle Giffords, and the affective dimensions of the Occupy movement.
Frequently bold yet consistently rooted within the empirical, Life, warfare, Earth indicates how the social and the somatic aren't against one another yet are interwoven on 3 time scales—the evolutionary, the developmental, and the behavioral—and on 3 political scales—the geopolitical, the bio-neuro-political, and the technopolitical.
Deeply attuned to the internalities of the idea of Deleuze, the publication deals a different examining of his corpus and an invaluable procedure for employing Deleuzian recommendations to the common sciences, the social sciences, political phenomena, and modern occasions.
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