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Gilles Deleuze on Variables - Dictionary of Arguments

Sokal I 183
Variables/Deleuze/Guattari/Bricmont/Sokal: (G. Deleuze, F. Guattari, Qu' est-ce que la philosophie?, Paris 1991 - German: Was ist Philosophie, Frankfurt/M. 1996: page numbers here from the German edition): "The respective independence of the variables appears in mathematics if they have a higher potency than the first one. Hegel therefore shows that the variability in the function is not limited to values that can be changed (2/3 and 4/6) or left undetermined (a = 2b), but requires that one of the variables assumes a higher potency (y²/x = P). (Deleuze/Guattari 1996, p. 141.)
SokalVsDeleuze/SokalVsGuattari/SokalVsHegel: (Note I 183 below): this sentence repeats a confusion by Hegel who saw fractions like y²/x as something fundamentally different than fractions like a/b. (See J. Desanti, La Philosophie silencieuse, ou critique des philosophies de la science, Paris 1975. p. 43) - (G. W. F. Hegel Wissenschaft der Logik. In. Sämtliche Werke vol. 4, 4th edition Stuttgart 1964, p. 354ff.)


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Deleuze I
Gilles Deleuze
Felix Guattari
Qu’est-ce que la philosophie, Paris 1991
German Edition:
Was ist Philosophie? Frankfurt/M. 2000

Hum I
G. Deleuze
David Hume , Frankfurt 1997

Sokal I
Alan Sokal
Jean Bricmont
Fashionabel Nonsense. Postmodern Intellectuals Abuse of Science, New York 1998
German Edition:
Eleganter Unsinn. Wie die Denker der Postmoderne die Wissenschaften missbrauchen München 1999

Sokal II
Alan Sokal
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science New York 1999


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