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Title: Order and the virtual : toward a Deleuzian cosmology
Author: Ross, William
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 1818
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2019
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Order is a more or less explicit topic for any thinker who undertakes to write about nature. Even those who assert that randomness or chaos is the most fundamental trait of nature are obliged to account for the apparent permanence, organisation and structure we observe around us. No less is true for Gilles Deleuze, who champions the power of chaos through his work. On one reading, Deleuze's chief impulse is to wrench loose the lynchpins of order; to 'affirm chaos' and disarticulate the law of excluded middle; to refuse jurisdiction to laws of nature and render provisional its every constant; to banish identity and negation alike. If we are to be left with no fixed point, we might ask, what remains of order? This study is nevertheless an examination of that notion in Deleuze's natural philosophy. For me the counter-reading is much more productive and insightful. Deleuze is rather a firm believer in order, even there where he affirms chaos. If we could furnish a 'Deleuzian Question' par excellence, it would be; 'Given that there are no fixed points, how is order expressed in the world?' This question is implicitly reprised across the entirety of his work and inflected at each stage by fresh vocabulary coined to treat it anew, as though for each new Deleuzian territory a new phrasebook is required.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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