Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 5, No 2 (2009)

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Practical Mysticism and Deleuze’s Ontology of the Virtual

Terry Lovat, Inna Semetsky


Deleuze's philosophical method is analyzed and positioned against the background of the intellectual/religious tradition of practical mysticism that has been traveling the globe across times, places, languages, and cultural barriers. The paper argues that Deleuze's unorthodox ontology of the virtual enables a naturalistic interpretation of the functioning of mysticism when the triad of concepts, percepts and affects is formed in accord with the logic of the included middle.


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