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Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the Virtual and Cybernetics

John Marks

in Deleuze and the Contemporary World

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623419
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623419.003.0011
Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the Virtual and Cybernetics

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This chapter aims to bring out some important distinctions between the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and what has come to be known as cybertheory or cyberculture. It suggests that it is in their focus on material complexity in the context of their concept of the virtual that Deleuze and Guattari dramatically part ways with cybertheory. The chapter explains that the critical impetus of their theory of the virtual lies in what is called the intelligence of the virtual in thought, and contends that what cybertheory does in its bastardisation of the concept is, in fact, to depoliticise it.

Keywords: cybertheory; cyberculture; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; material complexity; virtual; intelligence

Chapter.  8457 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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