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
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