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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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The Subject of Chaos

The Subject of Chaos

Chapter:
(p.191) Chapter 7 The Subject of Chaos
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The Force of the Virtual
Author(s):

Gregory Flaxman

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.003.0008

This chapter examines the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari which draws upon the domains of science and art while at the same time drawing an abiding distinction between them. In their text What is Philosophy?, science, art, and philosophy are treated as autonomous domains, but the final pages affirm that this autonomy is based on a common brain that the authors call “chaos.” Their respective autonomy notwithstanding, these domains are belied by a shared heritage, a genetic lineage, without which we cannot hope to grasp their subsequent divergences and relations. “In short,” the authors write, “chaos has three daughters, depending on the plane that cuts through it: these are the Chaoids—art, science, and philosophy—as forms of thought or creation.” But what does it mean to say that these domains are born of chaos, and in what sense does this parentage reveal itself in and across these three siblings?

Keywords:   Deleuze, Guattari, science, philosophy, art, chaos

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