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Assemblage Theory

Manuel DeLanda

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Clarifies and systematises the concepts and presuppositions behind the influential new field of assemblage theory

Manuel DeLanda provides the first detailed overview of the assemblage theory found in germ in Deleuze and Guattari’s writings. Through a series of case studies DeLanda shows how the concept can be applied to economic, linguistic and military history as well as to metaphysics, science and mathematics.

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Series Editor’s Preface
1. Assemblages and Human History
2. Assemblages and Linguistic Evolution
3. Assemblages and the Weapons of War
4. Assemblages and Scientific Practice
5. Assemblages and Virtual Diagrams
6. Assemblages and Realist Ontology
7. Assemblages as Solutions to Problems

About the Author

Manuel DeLanda is an internationally recognised philosopher. He is a professor of philosophy and science in the Architecture Departments at Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many well-known works including Philosophy and Simulation (Continuum, 2011), Deleuze: History and Science (Atropos Press, 2010), A New Philosophy of Society (Continuum, 2006), Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (Continuum, 2002), A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Zone Books, 1997) and War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (Zone Books, 1991).


Assemblage Theory, the culmination of 25 years’ work, presents for the first time in one text a unified realist ontology spanning sub-atomic physics, chemistry, biology and social history. Simultaneously DeLanda has reoriented European philosophy, and given a remarkably lucid interpretation of Deleuze and Guattari. An extraordinary achievement.

- Alistair Welchman, University of Texas at San Antonio

Manuel DeLanda accomplishes what few thinkers ever manage to achieve: he renders the world interesting and thoroughly transforms our perception of what it is and how it came to be. This new book is destined to generate much debate and discussion, reconfiguring the way we pose social and political questions and the coordinates of legitimate ontological thinking. After reading this work, the world never quite looks the same and things that seemed to have only marginal importance take on an entirely new significance.

- Levi R. Bryant, Collin College

For archaeologists intensively engaged in more philosophical inquiries, for example historical contingency, structuration or the generation of novel entities, the discussion here may indeed be essential reading.

- David K. Kay and Kevin Kay, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Archaeological Review from Cambridge

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