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Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual - Keith Ansell-Pearson

Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual

Paperback Published: 27th September 2001
ISBN: 9780415237284
Number Of Pages: 246

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Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual considers these questions and many others in this lucid and imaginatively argued volume of essays, at the heart of which lies a philosophy of the virtual. The notion of the virtual has assumed a remarkable level of importance in recent years with the development of new technologies and the emergence of the Internet. Yet its precise ontological status and the range of its application to time and memory remain unclear and relatively unexplored. Keith Ansell Pearson brings the virtual to centre stage and argues its importance for re-thinking the central philosophical questions. Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual examines the limits of continuity, explores relativity, and offers a concept of creative evolution. Staging a series of encounters between philosophers as diverse as Bergson, Kant, Nietzsche, Proust, Russell, Dennett and Badiou, the book provides some of the most insightful readings of Bergson and will be of interest to philosophers across the analytic and continental divide and to anyone open to the possibilities of thinking.

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'My favourite book of the past year was Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual' - Jack Chapman, The Observer

'A marvellous display of philosophical reflection that tackles the major issues with a rarely seen level of metaphysical insight and maturity of thought. It has raised the level of debate in this field by several notches.' - John Mullarkey, University of Sunderland

'Constitutes one of the most sustained engagements with the 'virtual' to date.' - Critical and Cultural Theory

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Introducing time as a virtual multiplicityp. 9
Introductionp. 9
The two multiplicitiesp. 13
The time of numberp. 18
Is time space?p. 21
Bergson and Russell on continuityp. 24
One time and one spacep. 28
Towards an ontology of durationp. 35
The whole of durationp. 38
'A life of the real' and a single time: relativity and virtual multiplicityp. 43
Popper on Parmenidesp. 44
The problem of changep. 46
Popper on Einstein as a Parmenideanp. 47
Bergson on the ancients and the modernsp. 49
Bergson and relativityp. 55
Popper encounters Bergsonp. 65
Conclusion: towards the time of lifep. 68
Duration and evolution: the time of lifep. 70
Life as a virtual multiplicityp. 71
The possible and the realp. 74
Dennett on Darwin's dangerous ideap. 79
Bachelard on Bergsonismp. 87
Some problemsp. 89
Conclusionp. 95
The simple virtual: a renewed thinking of the Onep. 97
Introductionp. 97
The One of pluralism: Bergson and Deleuze on Plotinusp. 98
Deleuze on the difference of lifep. 105
Conclusionp. 113
The elan vital as an image of thought: Bergson and Kant on finalityp. 115
Introductionp. 115
Kant: the problem of teleologyp. 121
Bergson's responsep. 124
Bergson and finalityp. 130
The image of the elan vitalp. 135
Virtual image: Bergson on matter and perceptionp. 140
Introductionp. 140
All is imagep. 143
Between idealism and realismp. 149
Beyond the identity thinking of materialismp. 155
Beyond idealismp. 159
The being of memory and the time of the self: from psychology to an ontology of the virtualp. 167
Introductionp. 168
From psychology to ontology: Bergson on pure memoryp. 171
Virtual memory and a crystal-image of timep. 180
The synthesis of the pure past in Difference and Repetitionp. 185
The depths of timep. 190
The straight line of time: Nietzsche and Kantp. 197
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780415237284
ISBN-10: 0415237289
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 27th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.7  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1