Deleuze Guattari & Ecology by B. Herzogenrath

By B. Herzogenrath

This quantity offers the 1st book-length examine dedicated to the dialogue and relevance of the thought of 'ecology' in the frame-work and 'ontology' of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Fel?x Guattari from numerous positions inside of Cultural experiences and Sciences.

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As I said above, the individuation of a species consists basically of two separate operations, a sorting operation performed by natural selection and a consolidation operation performed by reproductive isolation. The mech­ anism of these two operations may, in turn, be characterized in terms of intensive differences and thresholds. The idea that, for example, a given predator species exerts selection pressures on a prey species needs to be explained in terms of the relations between the densities of the populations of predators and prey.

There are, of course, realist scientists, that is, scientists who believe that entities like hydrogen atoms or electrons are every bit as real as large animals and plants. But many of them would defend the mind­ independent identity of these unobservables in a naive way, that is, by asserting that this identity depends on the possession of an essence. The essence of a hydrogen atom, for example, would be its possession of a single proton in its nucleus. Why? Because if we added another proton the atom would lose its identity as hydrogen and become helium.

One is that intensive differences drive processes. At its simplest, a difference in intensity will tend to cancel itself out and in the process it will drive a system back to equilibrium. This tendency explains why temperature or pressure cannot be divided in extension: whatever differences are created during the division process will be objectively averaged out and the original equilibrium temperature or pressure will be restored. The second idea is that intensities are characterized by critical thresholds marking points at which a material spontaneously and abruptly changes in structure.

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