Modes of Explanation: Semiology of Autopoiesis (IV)

Across my first three posts on autopoiesis I have contrasted strict and looser definitions of the concept. The stricter definitions are more logically consistent; they hold together rigorously. The looser definitions apply to increased real and imaginary cases; they have greater extension. It would be a mistake, though, to think…

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Semiology of Autopoiesis (I)

What is the difference between conceptual analysis and semiology? An idea like autopoiesis can be analysed as a concept. We can study its description of self-making and autonomous organisations and life-forms for consistency, contradictions, meaning, references, through its cases and examples, its history, its implications and assumptions, and its values.…

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Matter and Sense in Gilles Deleuze’s Logic of Sense: Against the ‘Ism’ in Speculative Realism

New article just published in Deleuze and Guattari Studies 15.4 (2021): 477–496DOI: 10.3366/dlgs.2021.0454 The article is part of Simon Schleusener’s edited volume Deleuze and the Material Turn. Simon’s collection is an important step in understanding Deleuze’s complex relation to new materialisms. It is a pleasure to have been able to…

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Method and Evidence in The Egalitarian Sublime: From Microhistory to Microcritique (following Carlo Ginzburg)

I’ve uploaded this edited extract from The Egalitarian Sublime (2019) to give a sense of the method I used in that book. Microhistory, and Carlo Ginzburg’s work in particular, helped me develop the method of microcritique, designed to cover the vast field of the sublime without reducing it to a…

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