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Deleuze and Space$
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Ian Buchanan and Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618743

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618743.001.0001

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Space: Extensive and Intensive, Actual and Virtual

Space: Extensive and Intensive, Actual and Virtual

(p.80) Chapter 4 Space: Extensive and Intensive, Actual and Virtual
Deleuze and Space

Manuel DeLanda

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that there are two kinds of variation in Deleuze's work, arising from the fact that there are two kinds of substances: those with intensive properties and those with extensive properties. That which you can grasp, cut, twist, and turn is extensive; that which affects you, but does not yield to your attempt to contain it, is, like wind in your face, intensive. Intensive differences are, as Deleuze points out, indivisible. As sensible as this distinction seems, it is not sufficient for Deleuze to ground his ontology, because it assumes a rather too rigorous distinction between the intensive and extensive. For Deleuze, change is only possible if all substances are at least partly intensive, that is, capable of that form of variation he describes as ‘becoming’. The chapter shows that ‘becoming’ is effectively a movement between different forms of intensity – from very low forms, such as one finds in the more lumpish, that is, to all intents and purposes ‘extensive’ objects, to very high forms of intensity, such as one finds in computer designs. This requires an agile form of mathematics to grasp.

Keywords:   Deleuze, substances, intensive properties, extensive properties

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