Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Force of the VirtualDeleuze, Science, and Philosophy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Gaffney

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MINNESOTA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.minnesota.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MNSO for personal use.date: 16 May 2022

Digital Ontology and Example

Digital Ontology and Example

(p.147) Chapter 5 Digital Ontology and Example
The Force of the Virtual

Aden Evens

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents two incompatible ontologies of the digital. The first ontology contrasts the digital with Deleuze’s notion of the virtual: whereas the virtual is creative and fecund, the digital is sterile and hermetic, precluding creativity. The second ontology describes how the digital is (nevertheless) creative: by virtue of the fold in the digital, a subtle but crucial feature of digital ontology, the digital reaches beyond its flat plane to connect to the human world. In the fold, described by way of an extended example, the digital and the virtual thus overlap. These two ontologies are both essential to the digital and both are valid, but their simultaneous assertion is paradoxical. The paradox of these two ontologies is the political and aesthetic problem of the digital.

Keywords:   digital, onotologies, Deleuze, virtual

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.