Notes 1. See, for example, Hughes We are using the term agency in relatively simple ways to refer to the power to act in the material world. Given the complexity of agency, all definitions will prove to be inadequate, and we advise the reader to consult the work of Bennett, Coole, and Latour in the reference list in order to flesh out the concept. We use the term ontology to refer to philosophical questions pertaining to being and existence. We use the term signification as Deleuze does, to refer to the conditions of truth of a proposition.

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The preface to the book mentions that Chatelet did not live to see this work in print. This book is gorgeous, costs a bomb and has to be requested from the bloody British Library. But, thank the lord, I found this. The intro talks about reconciling technique with humanism via results eg. Gesture is seen as cutting out, he talks in a very exciting and baffling way about a new physico-mathematics.

But can one extract a part from a whole without leaving scars? Can one solder determinations back on at will? Mathematical beings appear above all as impoverished physical beings… the principle of cutting out mathematical beings by thought, which allows them to be sheltered from the mobility of the world.

Avicenna: the quantitas virtualis is therefore linked to the susceptibility of the matter to acquire extension and to become graspable in three dimensions, and is what gives it its character as a corporeal form.

In Leibniz, a new type of mathematical being, the differential, escapes being trapped between identity and absolute otherness; its emergence is completely contemporaneous with the idea of the live force element, which allows the conatus acceleration to be grasped prior to any impetuous actualisation.

The principle of Virtual Velocities Lagrange. Then 4. In giving a point thickness, I thereby cause it to reverberate through the whole plane: this is the miracle of holomorphy. This action would consist in certain vibrations or oscillations, like those we see when a cord under tension is plucked and gives off something of a musical sound. For not only do we receive images and traces in the brain, but we form new ones from them when we bring complex ideas to mind; and so the screen which represents the brain must be active and elastic.

This analogy would explain reasonably well what goes on in the brain. The infinite, degrees of removal in a line of poplars, the hinge… this is all on p. With the horizon, the infinite at last finds a coupling place with the finite… Finitiude fetishises iteration Perspectival drawing, infinity and limits have some interesting links. These thoughts about the horizon line, too, could be useful for talking about graphs.

This reminds me of that Laws of Form book. V: Electrogeometric Space mentions knot theory. This book is basically pretty out there, and written in a really surprising style. He might make another appearance though.



He became a gay activist due to his time in California in , but went to the FHAR as a "way of finding again the ambiance of the United States. Denis formally Known as the Free University of Vincennes. He was the program director at the International College of Philosophy from to He is known to have designed a seminar titled "Love Science Philosophy. In a collection of his political writing titled Les Animaux malades Sick Animals of Consensus , [8] he rejected what he considered as a widespread human domestication process imposed by the New World Order. He called for a new philosophy to combat the disastrous effects of the decomposition of both the libertarian optimism and cynicism which in his opinion had become a pseudo-liberal sham.


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