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

By John Protevi, Mark Bonta

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

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An unformed matter is defined by its virtual capabilities; such matter is spread across a 'phylum' which links materials according to their possession of traits that indicate such capabilities and thus indicate the various materials out of which an assemblage can be made (406-10) . Similarly, a nonformal or virtual function is expressed in a diagram, which lays out the transfor­ mations, the affects or becomings of that assemblage ( 1 41-2) . Beside being outside the form-substance grid, singular and immanent abstract machines are also beyond content-expression, although by virtue of bringing together traits of matter (intensities) and function (tensors) they do have a semiotic, which consists of indefinite articles, proper names, infinitives, and dates (263-5 ) .

Once again, we must insist that Deleuze and Guattari are not simple 'flow enthusiasts' : there is no enabling without constraint. (In Foucault's terms, power is not negative, but productive. ) Constraint here is a reduction in the dimensionality of the connection space of compo­ nents while emergent effects mean the substance has increased the dimensions of its connection space (it can do more things, relate to more bodies - or at least more powerful bodies - than a heap of lower-level substances can) .

Let us consider two examples of singular and immanent abstract machines: a heat motor and discipline. As a virtual operator, the abstract machine links material phyla and functional diagrams that are then subject to 'divergent actualization ' , that is, they are 'incar­ nated' in widely differing registers. The abstract machine of a heat motor links unformed matter (any medium for storing and transmit­ ting heat) and nonformal functions (separate, channel, exploit heat differences) . Such a diagram can be found in hurricanes, steam engines, and refrigerators (DeLanda 1 99 1 : 1 41-3; 1999: 58) .

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