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 an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entitles, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, Delanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the autonomy of social entities from the conceptions we have of them. This highly original and important book takes the reader on a journey that starts with personal relations and climbs up one scale at a time all the way to territorial states and beyond. Only by experiencing this upward movement can we get a sense of the irreducible social complexity that characterizes the contemporary world.
Manuel DeLanda began his career in experimental film, later became a computer artist and programmer and is now Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA. He is the author of the bestselling books War in the Age of Intelligent Machines and A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History and of Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy, also published by Continuum.
Introduction; 1. Assemblages Against Totalities; 2. Assemblages Against Essences; 3. Persons and Networks; 4. Organisations and Governments; 5. Cities and Nations.