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Deleuze and Geophilosophy

A Guide and Glossary

Mark Bonta, John Protevi

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This is the first book to use complexity theory to open up the 'geophilosophy' developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus, Anti-Oedipus and What is Philosophy?. Written by a philosopher and a geographer in a clear style, with a practical orientation and interdisciplinary focus, the Guide enables readers to grasp the basics of complexity theory (the study of self-organisation and emergence in material systems), while the Glossary eases the difficulty of applying this science to Deleuze and Guattari's often perplexing terminology.

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Introduction: Geophilosophy
Impasses in Geography and Philosophy
Bodies Politic
Philosophy and Science: Deleuze's Ontology
Complexity Theory
Cartography and Critique
Problems and Solutions
The Virtual as Differentiating 'Idea'
Concepts and Functions
Toward a Geography of Complex Spaces: Emergence
Doing Geography after Deleuze and Guattari
Notes to the Text
Glossary of DeleuzoGuattarian Geophilosophy
Case Study: Entangled Spaces and Semiotics in Olancho
Notes to the Case Study

About the Author

Mark Bonta is Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Penn State Altoona. He is a leading proponent of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze as applied to geography pedagogy and to theories of spatial complexity.

John Protevi is Associate Professor of French Studies at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Time and Exteriority (Bucknell, 1994); and Political Physics (Athlone, 2001); the editor of The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2005); and co-author, with Mark Bonta, of Deleuze and Geophilosophy (Edinburgh, 2004). He is currently working on a book on ‘political physiology’ that will combine cognitive science and post-structuralism.


A most valuable book of great use to students of Deleuze and Guattari.
- Keith Ansell Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
Timely and indispensable.
- Edward S. Casey, Leading Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Key categories and concepts are lucidly discussed … the book ends with an interesting and helpful appendix.
- Progress in Human Geography
Bonta and Protevi have really done a remarkable job of making Deleuze and Guattari's challenging material more accessible for their broadening readership. The glossary is a much-needed contribution to geography as well as scholarship on Deleuze and will undoubtedly prove useful to neophyte and jedi alike.
- Keith Woodward, University of Arizona, Area

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