Virtuality in Aquinas and Deleuze: Current Tropes in Ancient Cloaks

By Christopher B. Gray.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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This study suggests the benefits of including virtuality as part of the analysis of our experience. Recovery by Deleuze from Aquinas’ use of virtuality is shown first by displaying Aquinas’ texts on cognitive and normative virtuality, divine, angelic and human virtuality, followed by Deleuze’ uptake of virtuality into his metaphysical analysis. This provides one commonplace where diachronic cross-disciplinarity can appear helpfully.

Keywords: Virtuality, Possibility, Metaphysics, Deleuze, Aquinas

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 390.150KB).

Dr Christopher B. Gray

Professor, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Gray has taught and researched legal philosophy, medieval philosophy and metaphysics at Concordia University since 1967. Author graduated with a B.A. in 1962 from St. Bonaventure University; M.A. and Ph.D. in 1965 and 1970 at The Catholic University of America; B.C.L. and LL.B. in 1978 and 1979 at McGill University Law School. The author has written, edited or translated Philosophical Reflections on the U.S. Constitution (Mellen 1988); The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia (Garland 1999), 2 vols.; Philosophy of Man at Recreation and Leisure (Lang 2007); The Methodology of Maurice Hauriou: Legal, Sociological, Philosophical (Rodopi 2010); Democracy Where and Where Not: An Institutional Study (Rosedog 2010); Tradition in Social Science (Rodopi 2011). Upcoming publications are Philosophical Selections from Bonaventure's Sentences (Mellen 2013); and Human Works, Absent Words (UPA 2013).