Title

DeLanda's ontology: assemblage and realism

Author's Department

Philosophy Department

All Authors

Graham Harman

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Continental Philosophy Review

Publication Date

2008

doi

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11007-008-9084-7

Abstract

Manuel DeLanda is one of the few admitted realists in present-day continental philosophy, a position he claims to draw from Deleuze. DeLanda conceives of the world as made up of countless layers of assemblages, irreducible to their parts and never dissolved into larger organic wholes. This article supports DeLanda’s position as a refreshing new model for continental thought. It also criticizes his movement away from singular individuals toward disembodied attractors and topological structures lying outside all specific beings. While endorsing DeLanda’s realism, I reject his shift from the actual to the virtual.

First Page

367

Last Page

383

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