Deleuze and Geophilosophy: A Guide and Glossary by John Protevi, Mark Bonta

By John Protevi, Mark Bonta

Contents
Part I: Guide
Introduction
Philosophy and science
Toward a geography of complicated spaces
Part II: Glossary
Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy
Appendix: Case research - entangled areas and semiotics in Olancho

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There are indeed molarizing - normalizing - processes at work that ensure we will encounter similarity and link­ ages wherever we go (these forces of uniformity and standardization are certainly not restricted to the human 'stratum' ) , but through Deleuze we may see difference as also at work in the field, and iden­ tity produced through difference, rather than vice versa. In this thinking, 'I am in Juticalpa' supersedes 'I am in yet another typical Third World regional political capital and market center' .

Beside theory, what are the sources for a 'geography of complex­ ity' or a geographical study that employs geophilosophy? One of the attractions of ATP is its eclectic collection of texts drawn from an astounding array of disciplines. Many of the sources are straight­ forward, non-philosophical accounts of material systems, and it is fair to say that one can find materialist accounts in even the most atheoretical sources. Also, because we have a certain fondness for ethnographic research based on the geographical knowledge of informants, we can say that whether or not a source is theoretically aligned has no bearing on its value in a geography of complexity.

CARTOGRAPHY AND CRITIQUE At this point we can enunciate a Deleuzean principle of critique: the extensive properties of actual substances cannot be used to predict the virtual structures of intensive processes, because the extensive properties of actual or 'stratified' systems hide the intensive nature 21 DELEUZE AND GEOPHILOSOPHY of morphogenetic processes. An actual product, as product, has reached an equilibrium, steady state, or stable condition that hides the far-from-equilibrium, 'intensive crisis' nature of the process that gave rise to it.

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