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Political Physics Deleuze, Derrida and the Body Politic

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Political Physics Deleuze, Derrida and the Body Politic by Protevi, John, 9780485006193
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  • ISBN: 9780485006193 | 0485006197
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/27/2001
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Political Physics crosses the work of two of the most influential thinkers at the start of the 21st century, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze. The book takes the reader on a transversal journey -- employing Derridean analysis of the history of philosophy, Deleuzian creative dialogue and complexity theory -- to cross the boundaries of philosophy and science.

Political Physics opens with Derridean readings of the "forceful body politic" in Husserl, Hegel, "the gift of life", and AIDS. Here, Derrida's concern with metaphysics is developed alongside Deleuze's critique of "hylomorphism" -- the doctrine that production is the imposition of order on chaos. The second part of the book presents Derridean readings of the Deleuzian concept of the "organized body politic" in Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger and Kant.

Political Physics opens a new future for philosophy by revealing the way complexity theory shows the order and creativity inherent in matter itself.

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