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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.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction I
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Introduction II
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. I. Geophilosophy: Earth and War
  2. pp. 39-40
  1. 1. Geo-hydro-solar-bio-techno-politics
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. 2. The Act of Killing in Contemporary Warfare
  2. pp. 59-69
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  1. 3. Music and Ancient Warfare
  2. pp. 70-96
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  1. II. Cognitive Science: Brain and Body
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 4. Dynamic Interactionism
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. 5. The Political Economy of Consciousness
  2. pp. 111-125
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  1. 6. The Granularity Problem
  2. pp. 126-136
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  1. 7. Adding Deleuze to the Mix
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. III. Biology: Life and Mind
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. 8. Larval Subjects, Enaction, and E. coli Chemotaxis
  2. pp. 155-178
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  1. 9. Mind in Life, Mind in Process
  2. pp. 179-196
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  1. The Virtual Status of “UnexpressedGenetic Variation”
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. Publication History
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-256
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 268-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816684496
Related ISBN
9780816681020
MARC Record
OCLC
861527755
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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