Reality Chunking: Review of DeLanda’s Philosophy and Simulation


Originally, written at the request of Deleuze Studies, who seem to have forgotten they asked somewhere along the way. Not to worry, it’s a great opportunity to show off this photo of a magnificent cumulonimbus (Thanks, by the way, to Craig Hickman for identifying said cloud).


DeLanda, Manuel (2011), Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason, London: Continuum, 226 pp.

Until recently, most post-Kantian continental philosophers were default anti-realists and anti-naturalists. Continental anti-realisms typically reduced the objectivity of a thing to a relation internal to some transcendental organizing principle such as subjectivity or discourse. Anti-realism or “correlationism” (employing Quentin Meillassoux’s handy coinage) also proves a convenient foil for the naturalisms propounded by analytic philosophers like Daniel Dennett, Jerry Fodor and Paul Churchland (Churchland 1986; Dennett 1995; Fodor 1990). Naturalists hold that philosophical accounts of things should be constrained by the findings of empirical science. Anti-naturalists reply that…

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One Response to Reality Chunking: Review of DeLanda’s Philosophy and Simulation

  1. Pingback: “Reality Chunking” – David Roden reviews DeLanda’s Philosophy and Simulation | Sam Kinsley

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