A deep exploration of the many possibilities inherent in linking Gilles Deleuze's philosophy to contemporary science, John Protevi's Life, War, Earth demonstrates how Deleuze's ontology of the virtual, intensive, and actual can enhance our understanding of important issues in cognitive science, biology, and geography. Protevi illustrates how a Deleuzian approach can illuminate a wide range of concerns and subjects, including ancient and contemporary warfare, human individuation processes, the granularity problem, panpsychism, the E. coli bacterium, the assassination attempt on U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the affective dimensions of the Occupy movement.Frequently ambitious but always rooted in the empirical, Life, War, Earth shows how the social and the somatic are t opposed to each other but are interwoven on three time scales--the evolutionary, the developmental, and the behavioral--and on three political scales--the geopolitical, the bio-neuro-political, and the techpolitical.Deeply attuned to the internalities of the thought of Deleuze, the book offers a unique reading of his corpus and a useful method for applying Deleuzian techniques to the natural sciences, the social sciences, political phemena, and contemporary events.
John Protevi is Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies and professor of philosophy at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (Minnesota, 2009); Time and Exteriority; Political Physics; and coauthor of Deleuze and Geophilosophy. He is also the editor of A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy.