Larval Subjects, Autonomous Systems and <i>E. Coli</i> Chemotaxis

John Protevi

in Deleuze and the Body

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638642
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652679 | DOI:
Larval Subjects, Autonomous Systems and E. Coli Chemotaxis

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This chapter examines the relation between autopoietic theory and Gilles Deleuze's thought. It addresses Deleuze's claim in the second chapter of his Difference and Repetition that there are thousands of little selves underneath the three passive perceptual syntheses. The chapter explains that perceptual syntheses are always linked to organic or metabolic syntheses as exemplified by research on Escherichia coli, and stresses the need to move beyond focusing on adult functioning and homeostatic regulation and to begin to focus on the process of ontogenesis.

Keywords: autopoietic theory; Gilles Deleuze; Difference and Repetition; perceptual syntheses; Escherichia coli; homeostatic regulation; ontogenesis

Chapter.  9866 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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