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Deleuze and the Body$
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Laura Guillaume and Joe Hughes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638642

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638642.001.0001

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Deleuze and the Body
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John Protevi

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638642.003.0002

This chapter examines the relation between autopoietic theory and Gilles Deleuze's thought. It addresses Deleuze's claim in the second chapter of his Difference and Repetition that there are thousands of little selves underneath the three passive perceptual syntheses. The chapter explains that perceptual syntheses are always linked to organic or metabolic syntheses as exemplified by research on Escherichia coli, and stresses the need to move beyond focusing on adult functioning and homeostatic regulation and to begin to focus on the process of ontogenesis.

Keywords:   autopoietic theory, Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, perceptual syntheses, Escherichia coli, homeostatic regulation, ontogenesis

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