This fascinating "Scherzo" is an exploration of Delanda's wider philosophical project- the development of an all purpose Deleuzian ontology- in the context of the social sciences. In the same way that Delanda's "Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy" was intended to popularise Deleuze within science/philosophy of science fields, this book is intended to do the same for Deleuze in the social sciences. Although Delanda's ontology is overtly Deleuzian, it bears the mark of a wide reading of philosophy of social science literature and suggests a prolonged engagement with the work of Roy Bhaskar. Designed to be- in the wake of Deleuze and Guattari's interest in the abstract machine- suitably flexible, this is perhaps where Delanda's book falls down slightly. In attempting to make a general ontology, as applicable to biology as it is to the social sciences, Delanda is left re-inventing the wheel in a number of areas.
None of this should discourage you from picking this up, though. For the social scientist, this acts as an excellent introduction to Delanda's work, whilst for those who are familiar with Delanda's other writings, this develops his ideas in new and interesting ways. The book begins by discussing personal relations, reaching larger and larger scales of complexity using the same mereological approach to ontology. As ever, Delanda is exceptionally erudite, operating within a wide variety of literatures, bringing together social science, complexity theory, geography, history and economics. Although this book- much like Delanda's philosophical project- is not without its flaws, it is one that I would highly recommend to anyone interested either in Deleuze's philosophy or ontologies used by social scientists.
In short, it feels like a "photocopy!!?" version of the original book.
The content of the book is great. But, the quality of the book itself is terrible. As shown in the attached photos, the color of the cover image is too dark and the image is so blurred. The printing of the characters inside the book looks very fuzzy and their edges are even serrated.
the collective madness that has descended on so-called social theorists (the people today who are wholly uneducated in the history of the subject) is embodied/disembodied in this sort of book, a veritable internal monologue signifying nothing. Deleuze was a great philosopher but he knew nothing about social relations. As for Guattari, he wasn't even the first.