Nomad Scholarship

14 January 2006 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

I dipped into Manuel DeLanda’s Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy and finished chapter one today (I had started it a while back).  Tough stuff–an explanation of Deleuze that very nearly needs an explanation itself.  But he has a grasp of the math and science underlying Deleuze’s thought and does a good job of explaining how Deleuze makes sense in the context of contemporary physics and higher-order mathematics. 

Toward the end of the book, DeLanda blames institutions for “the transformation of thought itself into a metric space” (222)–i.e. “striated space”–and suggests that “[t]he opposite transformation, to create a nonmetric space for thought [i.e. “smooth space”] is performed by  philosophers (e.g. Spinoza) who operate outside of the State” (222). 

So by operating outside of the “striating influence” of the university as a nomad scholar, perhaps I have a chance of having an original thought. . . .

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