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Theory of Identities$
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François Laruelle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168946

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168946.001.0001

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The Concepts of Generalized Fractality and Chaos

The Concepts of Generalized Fractality and Chaos

(p.119) 4 The Concepts of Generalized Fractality and Chaos
Theory of Identities
Alyosha Edlebi
Columbia University Press

This chapter elaborates the notions of “fractality” and “chaos” in order to lead to a rigorous understanding of “identities”. It begins by explaining how philosophy would approach these scientific notions and moves on to establishing the conditions that allow a non-philosophical generalization of fractality. This generalization entails a new set of notions such as constancy, irregularity, and unilaterality through which the chapter rethinks fractality and its relation to thought and to science. After elaborating the conditions of fractality, the chapter draws its consequences for the concept of chaos, which is now understood as the critique of philosophical disorder and relates strictly to immanence and the One. The chapter concludes by explaining the usefulness of the new (meta-scientific) theory of fractality as a theoretical tool and by outlining its field of application.

Keywords:   generalized fractality, non-Euclidean, Identity-in-the-last-instance, constancy, irregularity, unilaterality

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