#6: Maps (ideas as things)

Figure 4 represents the random mutation of what is most commonly thought of as the idea or thought, but which is simply a new thing: the map. The appearance of the “idea” as well as the character of material objectivity are different intensive things modeled on a map-thing. It is easy to see that a map, any map, implies infinity by virtue of the map’s finitude, by virtue of having produced horizons. In a certain register, much has been made of language as a “cut.” By “map” we simply mean the more general class of human tools that serve to cut the fabric of materiality with a materiality that produces intensive things. There is now always a beyond of the horizon, a beyond that enlarging the map can never once and for all integrate but only defer. When some thing randomly generates a map and thus bifurcates things into extensive things (referents of the map) and intensive things (relations constructed on or, rather, in the map) it is not as if the evolution of a prior physical and material realm is producing a new realm called the “mental” realm. The very opposition between mental and physical is only a relation mapped on a plane of immanence. Thus, the map is simply a new thing of a particular character.

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Murphy, Justin. 2012. "#6: Maps (ideas as things)," https://jmrphy.net/blog/2012/07/06/26611510115/ (December 14, 2018).