Molar Entities and Molecular Populations in Human History

Edited by Jeffrey A. Bell and Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636082
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671748 | DOI:
Molar Entities and Molecular Populations in Human History

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This chapter reports the contribution of molar entities and molecular populations in human history. Legitimacy is an emergent property of the entire organisation even if it depends for its existence on personal beliefs about its source. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari sometimes show that there are indeed only two levels, the micro or molecular, corresponding to the individual person, and the macro or molar, corresponding to society as a whole. They introduced territorialisation and coding to explore the influence that an emergent molar entity has over its components. Fernand Braudel's three-volume work is a systematic critique of the idea that capitalism was ever a society-wide system, let alone a worldwide one. On the other hand, Deleuze and Guattari remain under the spell of the bankrupt political economy of Marx.

Keywords: molar entities; molecular populations; human history; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; territorialisation; coding; Fernand Braudel; political economy; capitalism

Chapter.  5500 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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