Theory of Identities

Hardcover | May 24, 2016

byFrançois LaruelleTranslated byAlyosha Edlebi

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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.

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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 de...

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 a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168942

ISBN - 13:9780231168946

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition: Retrospection (2014)Preface to the French Edition (1992)Introduction: Science, Identity, FractalityPart 1: The Essence of Science1. Science: A Nonepistemological Description2. Non-philosophy: A Scientific Reform of the UnderstandingPart 2: Theory of Generalized Fractality3. Of Determination-in-the-Last-Instance as Destruction of the Principle of Sufficient Determination4. The Concepts of Generalized Fractality and ChaosPart 3: Principles of an Artificial Philosophy5. Unified Theory of Thought6. The Concept of an Artificial Philosophy7. The Fractal Modeling of PhilosophyNotesIndex

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This excellent translation of Theory of Identities will be invaluable to anyone who wants to understand Laruelle's nonstandard epistemology.