: Assemblage Theory (Speculative Realism) (): Manuel DeLanda: Books. Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. In his new book, he offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by. This position allows DeLanda to relegate “Deleuzian hermeneutics” to the footnotes and focus on developing his own “neo-assemblage” theory.
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In that way, DeLanda offers a reconfiguration of the Deleuzian concepts that provides a more robust theoretical framework for analyzing assemblages.
Both modernism and postmodernism and seemly both Deleuze and some of the above commentors fetishizes a certainty that is simply not possible in a dialogic social world that includes signs and utterances. This very anglo-american scholastic aim to get clear what is already clear, and to retraduce into academic language notions and concepts that have their own consistency and coinage, is totally noxious for philosophy itself.
I became Nitzschean when I studied sociology of knowledge. Your summary at the end of the post appears reasonable, but is far too sensible and clear to have come from Deleuze, even if it is only the principle that is claimed to have done so. Lang, Peter New Assemblsge. Posted by Daniel Little at 8: A constellation, like any assemblage, is made up of imaginative contingent articulations among myriad heterogeneous elements. Otherwise, all delabda got is a potentially useful but fundamentally inaccurate view of the world.
For an outstandingly clear overview, I would recommend to those who come from outside Deleuze studies DeLanda’s lectures for the European Graduate School, recorded on video and available for free on YouTube. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. I think there is no simple way of explaining the behavior of society. Asaemblage his book, DeLanda draws from Deleuze and Guattari to further argue that social bodies on all scales are best analyzed through their individual components.
But please don’t assert that the term agecenment has no value for sociological theory if you can only understand it as an assemblage without mentioning that you don’t seem to have the credentials as a sociologue to assert that assembage.
The idea of an assemblage, since it is so vague, is pretty useless to sociologists, and certainly so to archaeologists and other social scientists. The thesis of this paper is that, contra DeLanda, Deleuze and Guattari do in fact have a fully fledged theory of assemblages. It is a very complex group with different behaviors.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: As Jim Harrison says, with a bit more of investigation it is easy to see how the term agencement was very influenced by Foucault’s theory of utterance and discoursive sockets. All things that exist consist of elementary particles. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
Well, it’d have to reduce to human mental states, which reduce further to chemical processes and thence to fermions, etc.
Assemblage theory – Wikipedia
By concentrating on the structure of the theory apart from any specific kind of assemblage or application of assemblage theory such as linguistic, sociological, biological, or geological, this paper shows, in a relatively brief manner, the core formal operations shared by all kinds of assemblages and to clarify in what precise sense all assemblages are political.
Another interesting post on your blog.
Assembalge is the objectivistic term for agencement, and it’s lame how it is used academically just to solve very scholastic needs with the very less idea of its heuristics, and what is worse, while the term looses its very schizoanalytico-conceptual connotation, while awsemblage means something assemblaeg than agencement, it delandx still and stubbornly ascribed to Deleuze.
The lectures, plus a careful reading of a couple of DeLanda’s books, plus perusal of some other authors Claire Colebrook’s early works are just assemblaeg example will open up a position from which anyone ought to be able to re-read Deleuze and selanda glean some of the pure intellectual energy that flows through his texts. This post was interesting, in any case – I’ve never been sympathetic to Deleuze as I expect you can tellbut I’m not averse to finding out about his ideas, and I’m glad you and others have taken the time to explain them.
Furthermore, three major consequences follow from this indexical distinction between assemblage and agencement.
Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.