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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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Science in the Gap

Science in the Gap

(p.1) Introduction Science in the Gap
The Force of the Virtual

Peter Gaffney

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter sets out the theoretical underpinnings of the present volume. It draws on the analyses of Deleuze and Guattari to address the question of whether scientific thought, like philosophical thought, takes place in the gap between worlds and sustains the force of the virtual. It considers a polemic that has emerged from discussions regarding Deleuze’s “scienticity”; and discusses ontological versus epistemological realism, how science lacks the metaphysics it needs, nature as creative process, and the processes of subjectivation. The book aims to examine the possibilities of a science that engages (or is engaged by) the force of the virtual, and how this influences our understanding of Deleuze’s process-oriented ontology. The question is not only whether science withstands, confirms, or refutes the role that Deleuze attributes to it, but how this challenges contemporary literary and social criticism to “play by new rules”.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, science, virtual, scientific thought, nature, metaphysics, subjectivation

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