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Deleuze by Manuel De Landa
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Sep 24, 12

really liked it

This is DeLanda deciphering Deleuze and the result is almost intelligible, certainly more so than Deleuze's primary texts. The essay on materialist metaphysics and the one on intensive and extensive cartography were especially brain twisting. According to Delanda/Deleuze, reified generalities and Platonic essences are not real - reality is immanent in materiality. But then are possibilities real things? They are if they are latently possible in material things but just not currently "actuated" (This is quite different than Many Worlds type interpretations where any damn thing we can think as a possibility must be real somewhere). On a related note, are only solutions real (as per axioms and all their deductive theorems) or do the problems themselves that we try to axiomatize count as real things as well?

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