Philosophy and the Limits of Difference

Dorothea Olkowski

in The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible)

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652402 | DOI:
Philosophy and the Limits of Difference

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This chapter introduces three systems of organization or three systems of ontology – those of the ancient Greeks, those of classical thermodynamics, and those of Gilles Deleuze – highlighting the limitations of the first two systems and criticizing Deleuze's system. It suggests that every perspective and every state consists of a multiplicity of cones linked to one another in combinatorial structures, networks giving rise to self-organized, critical behaviour.

Keywords: ontology; ancient Greeks; classical thermodynamics; Gilles Deleuze; multiplicity of cones; combinatorial structures; critical behaviour

Chapter.  18451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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