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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 Insistence of the Virtual in Science and the History of Philosophy

The Insistence of the Virtual in Science and the History of Philosophy

(p.69) Chapter 1 The Insistence of the Virtual in Science and the History of Philosophy
The Force of the Virtual

Arnaud Villani

University of Minnesota Press

The strategic role played by the virtual in Deleuze’s conceptual apparatus is not at first clear, and it is difficult to see how it would alter his interpretations of philosophy, the history of philosophy, and science. This chapter attempts to broaden the scope of the investigation, beginning with the nonmodal character of the virtual, continuing with the notion of the “broken totality,” and finishing with an examination of the virtual as irrational cut (coupure irrationnelle). It aims to show that the impact of the concept of the virtual on philosophy’s relationship with itself and with science is in both cases considerable.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, virtual, philosophy, science, broken totality, irrational cut

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