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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 Intense Space(s) of Gilles Deleuze

The Intense Space(s) of Gilles Deleuze

(p.119) Chapter 3 The Intense Space(s) of Gilles Deleuze
The Force of the Virtual

Thomas Kelso

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Deleuze’s treatment of space as intensity. It argues that his reconceptualizations of space—in philosophy, in war, in cinema, in art, and in science—all derive from Difference and Repetition, which claims that intensity should be seen as more fundamental for thinking about space than the Cartesian notion of extension. Deleuze’s intense spaces are much more interesting compared to other units of measurement. In his terms, depth is not the same as length. For instance, in Deleuze’s analysis, it is intensity that accounts for the fact that we can correlate shades of color with depth in a two-dimensional painting, even without perspectival geometries. Deleuze illustrates this by noting that if we lay down the line of a framework for single-point perspective, we have no way of determining whether the lines point toward or away from us until we add to the picture familiar objects, or at the very least, shadings of color.

Keywords:   Deleuze, space, intensity, philosophy

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