Objects in manifold times: Deleuze and the speculative philosophy of objects as processes

Authors

  • James Williams University of Dundee

Keywords:

Gilles Delezue, Philosophy of Time, Objects, Realism

Abstract

This essay shows how real objects must be processes for Gilles Deleuze. These processes are determined by his account of time as a nine-fold manifold of processes deduced from Deleuze's account of three interconnected syntheses of time in his Difference and Repetition (Différence et repetition, henceforth DR). It will also be argued that Deleuze's philosophy of time is speculative in a broad sense and that Deleuze's account of the real is opposed to forms of abstraction which associate objects with conceptual, perceptual or transcendental identity. In order to demonstrate the radical and systematic nature of Deleuze's account of process, there is a discussion of a basic process underlying his manifold of time. This process is opposed to Markov chains, in order to set up an opposition to interpretations of Deleuze's philosophy that deny its metaphysical and speculative approach in favour of scientific realism.

Author Biography

James Williams, University of Dundee

Professor of Philosophy, The University of Dundee

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Published

03-07-2011

How to Cite

Williams, J. (2011). Objects in manifold times: Deleuze and the speculative philosophy of objects as processes. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 7(1), 62–75. Retrieved from https://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/232