Machinic Thinking

In Keith Ansell-Pearson & Keith Ansell Pearson (eds.), Deleuze and Philosophy: The Difference Engineer. New York: Routledge. pp. 211-227 (1997)
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This paper argues that the transcendence (most obviously theological) has skewed much of Western thinking by forcing material complexity to be interpreted as the intervention of something immaterial. Contemporary terms in the anglophone world that can play this role are: intentionality (privatised teleology), representation and semantics. Deleuze launches a powerful critique of residually theological reasoning that has wide application in both philosophy and science. This critique converges with and deepens, perhaps surprisingly for a French philosopher, similar critiques that are being offered today in evolutionary biology, cognitive science and robotics.

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Alistair Welchman
University of Texas at San Antonio


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