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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441170286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441170286
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The topic of this clearly written and well-documented text is the philosophical concept of emergence... Imaginative defences of philosophical realism are certainly to be applauded, and given the critical role that mathematical modelling occupies in both scientific and technical practices today, questioning computer simulation is undoubtedly important. Philosophy and Simulation does an interesting job of the former via the latter. --Radical Philosophy

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Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. He began his career in experimental film, later becoming a computer artist and programmer. He is now Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of the bestselling books War in the Age of Intelligent Machines and A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History, as well as A New Philosophy of Society and Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy, also published by Continuum.

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Some good sections, particularly on cellular automata. He stops short of making statements that others have made as to the Philosophy of science and the roles of modelling and simulation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Sept. 2013
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The book is relevant for those who want to know something new about practical philosophy. New terminology and a little pedantry in writing. But this doesn't diminish the value of the contents.
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A New Organon 21 Mar. 2011
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You've read some Mandelbrot. You've read some Prigogine. You've wracked your brain against Alan Turing and Godel, Escher, Bach. You've watched spontaneous orders emerging from chaos and groked that is a metaphysical and epistemological game changer. You SENSE that there is something fundamentally wrong with the linear/reductive/determinist/Cartesian outlook. But where to go from here? What does it mean? Despite the best efforts of brilliant people like Stuart Kauffman, the philosophy of complexity has simply has not caught up to the mathematics.

But Manuel DeLanda has been living on this island for a very long time. He's been busy excavating the conceptual soil underlying the sciences of complexity, and he's made some intensely interesting discoveries. Where other thinkers' best efforts have foundered at the threshold of mysticism, DeLanda has hewn relentlessly to scientific materialism and, in so doing, has found objective patterns and significance in the logic of the complex.

But don't expect it to come easy. The reason for DeLanda's success is his aggressively ecclectic outlook, and it may be a bit difficult to see through his goggles. He's a continental philosopher who writes about science, and a dogmatic materialist who thinks like a medieval scholastic theologian. One can't help but feel that this book is the fruit of his different way of thinking. The back blurb describes this book as a new "Organon" (echoing Aristotle and Bacon). I can't put it any better. This is, quite simply, "what's going on" behind complexity/chaos/emergence. Sadly, the concepts can't be summarized for purposes of a book review, but it's breathtaking.
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