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The ‘Virtual’ Body and the Strange Persistence of the Flesh: Deleuze, Cyberspace and the Posthuman

Ella Brians

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638642.003.0006
The ‘Virtual’ Body and the Strange Persistence of the Flesh: Deleuze, Cyberspace and the Posthuman

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This chapter examines the ‘techno-fantasy’ of a disembodied thought in cyber and post-human discourses, and discusses the importance of Gilles Deleuze's thoughts in articulating an embodied relationship to technology. It discusses Deleuze's rejection of transcendent thinking and his ontological critique of representation, and suggests that his work can be critically and productively employed to challenge certain tendencies in cyber theory, particularly the central question of the body, its materiality, and its relation to identity. The chapter contends that there are very good reasons for maintaining fidelity to Deleuze's materialism and his repeated rejection of any transcendent worldview.

Keywords: techno-fantasy; cyber discourse; post-human discourses; Gilles Deleuze; technology; transcendent thinking; cyber theory; body; identity; materialism

Chapter.  11693 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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