Theory of Identities

Theory of Identities


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Theory of Identities by Francois Laruelle

François Laruelle proposes a theory of identity rooted in scientific notions of symmetry and chaos, emancipating thought from the philosophical paradigm of Being and reconnecting it with the real world. Unlike most contemporary philosophers, Laruelle does not believe language, history, and the world shape identity but that identity determines our relation to these phenomena.

Both critical and constructivist, Theory of Identities finds fault with contemporary philosophy's reductive relation to science and its attachment to notions of singularity, difference, and multiplicity, which extends this crude approach. Laruelle's new theory of science, its objects, and philosophy, introduces an original vocabulary to elaborate the concepts of determination, fractality, and artificial philosophy, among other ideas, grounded in an understanding of the renewal of identity.

Laruelle's work repairs the rift between philosophical and scientific inquiry and rehabilitates the concept of identity that continental philosophers have widely criticized. His argument positions him clearly against Deleuze, Badiou, the new materialists, and other thinkers who stray too far from empirical approaches that might revitalize philosophy's practical applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231168946
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

François Laruelle is emeritus professor at the University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense (Paris X), and lectures at the Collège International de Philosophie. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction to Non-philosophy (2011) and Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem (Columbia, 2015), and is the director of L'Organisation Non-Philosophique Internationale.

Alyosha Edlebi is a translator and Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. He has published articles on Deleuze, Laruelle, Meillassoux, and Simondon in Deleuze Studies, Theory Culture & Society, Qui Parle, and Parrhesia.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition: Retrospection (2014)
Preface to the French Edition (1992)
Introduction: Science, Identity, Fractality
Part 1: The Essence of Science
1. Science: A Nonepistemological Description
2. Non-philosophy: A Scientific Reform of the Understanding
Part 2: Theory of Generalized Fractality
3. Of Determination-in-the-Last-Instance as Destruction of the Principle of Sufficient Determination
4. The Concepts of Generalized Fractality and Chaos
Part 3: Principles of an Artificial Philosophy
5. Unified Theory of Thought
6. The Concept of an Artificial Philosophy
7. The Fractal Modeling of Philosophy

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