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The Force of the VirtualDeleuze, Science, and Philosophy$
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Peter Gaffney

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.001.0001

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Digital Ontology and Example

Digital Ontology and Example

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(p.147) Chapter 5 Digital Ontology and Example
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The Force of the Virtual
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Aden Evens

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.003.0006

This chapter presents two incompatible ontologies of the digital. The first ontology contrasts the digital with Deleuze’s notion of the virtual: whereas the virtual is creative and fecund, the digital is sterile and hermetic, precluding creativity. The second ontology describes how the digital is (nevertheless) creative: by virtue of the fold in the digital, a subtle but crucial feature of digital ontology, the digital reaches beyond its flat plane to connect to the human world. In the fold, described by way of an extended example, the digital and the virtual thus overlap. These two ontologies are both essential to the digital and both are valid, but their simultaneous assertion is paradoxical. The paradox of these two ontologies is the political and aesthetic problem of the digital.

Keywords:   digital, onotologies, Deleuze, virtual

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