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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 Metaphysics of Science: An Interview with Manuel DeLanda

The Metaphysics of Science: An Interview with Manuel DeLanda

(p.325) Afterword The Metaphysics of Science: An Interview with Manuel DeLanda
The Force of the Virtual

Manuel DeLanda

Peter Gaffney

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents an interview with Manuel DeLanda. Topics covered include his views about the contributions of his work to a metaphysics of science; the kinds of scientific notions that he considers to be inexact and how his approach makes them rigorous; the isomorphism of scientific thought and what this tells us about the creative (emergent, constructive, generative) potential of science; connectionism and its application to the design of artificial intelligence; criticisms of the “scientistic” interpretation of Deleuze’s thinking; and whether there are certain forms of art that “do the work” of science, and if so, whether this suggest any expansion of the role of art with respect to the exact sciences.

Keywords:   interviews, Manuel DeLanda, metaphysics, science, scientific thought, connectionism, art

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