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Latest Book from LSU’s John Protevi Published by Minnesota Press

“Life, War, Earth” applies Deleuzian theory to an impressive array of physical phenomena, scientific issues and political events

07/10/2013 03:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – A deep exploration of the many possibilities inherent in linking Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy to contemporary science, Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies at LSU John Protevi’s “Life, War, Earth” demonstrates how Deleuze’s ontology of the virtual, intensive and actual can enhance people’s understanding of important issues in cognitive science, biology and geography.

In the book, available this month from University of Minnesota Press, Protevi illustrates how a Deleuzian approach can illuminate a wide range of concerns and subjects, including ancient and contemporary warfare, human individuation processes, the “granularity problem,” panpsychism, the E. coli bacterium, the assassination attempt on U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the affective dimensions of the Occupy movement.

Frequently ambitious but always rooted in the empirical, “Life, War, Earth” shows how the social and the somatic are not opposed to each other but are interwoven on three time scales – the evolutionary, the developmental and the behavioral – and on three political scales – the geopolitical, the bio-neuro-political and the technopolitical.

Deeply attuned to the internalities of the thought of Deleuze, the book offers a unique reading of his corpus and a useful method for applying Deleuzian techniques to the natural sciences, the social sciences, political phenomena and contemporary events.

Protevi is a professor of philosophy at LSU. He is the author of “Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic,” “Time and Exteriority,” “Political Physics” and coauthor of “Deleuze and Geophilosophy.” He is also the editor of “A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy.”

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