Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (Bloomsbury by Manuel De Landa

By Manuel De Landa

First released 10 years in the past, Manuel DeLanda's Intensive technology and digital Philosophy rapidly tested itself as a landmark textual content in modern continental proposal. DeLanda the following attracts at the realist philosophy of Gilles Deleuze to the area of philosophy of technological know-how.

As good as modern philosophical insights, the publication additionally tackles new advancements in geometry, complexity thought and chaos concept to convey new insights to our knowing of a systematic wisdom liberated from conventional rules of essence.

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23 In modern terminology this is equivalent to saying that the different geometries were related to each other by relations of broken symmetry. In Euclidean geometry, for example, lengths, angles and shapes remain unaltered by a group containing rotations, translations and reflections. This is called the group of rigid transformations. These metric properties, however, do not remain invariant under the groups of transformations characterizing other geometries. There is one geometry, called affine geometry, which adds to the group characterizing Euclidean geometry new transformations, called linear transformations, under which properties like the parallelism or the straightness of lines remain invariant, but not their lengths.

The reality of the virtual consists of the differential elements and relations along with the singular points which correspond to them. The reality of the virtual is structure. 39 What is the modal status of the virtual? If state space trajectories have the status of possibilities (possible series of states) what modality do virtual multiplicities represent? This is not an easy question to answer given that the ontological status of even the familiar modal categories is a thorny issue. So before dealing with virtuality let me discuss the question of possibility.

Similarly, if the term “virtual multiplicity” is not to be just a new label for old timeless essences, this project must include a theory of virtual time, and specify the relations which this non-actual temporality has with actual history. Finally, the relationship between virtuality and the laws of physics needs to be discussed, ideally in such a way that general laws are replaced by universal multiplicities while preserving the objective content of physical knowledge. Getting rid of laws, as well as of essences and reified categories, can then justify the introduction of the virtual as a novel dimension of reality.

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