Incorporeal Materialism

Short SummaryIncorporeal materialism is a term that is used to signify the constant movement of bodies, namely how bodies are corporeal but in movement they have an incorporeal aspect to them. Brian Massumi, in his book Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation, describes this way of thinking about materiality as, "Far from regaining a concreteness, to think the body in movement thus means accepting the paradox that there is an incorporeal dimension of the body. Of it, but not it. Real, material, but incorporeal" (5).


Building on accomplishments (affirmative), refreshing vocabulary from underappreciated sources.

Key Ideas, Concepts, Terms

Affirmative Methodology
Possible and Potential
Nature-Culture Continuum
Sensation v. Perception v. memory


Brian Massumi

Authors Drawn on

Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Henri Bergson, Baruch Spinoza


Massumi, Brian. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2002. Print.

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