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Re-imagining the Conditions of Possibility of a PhD Thesis
Re-imagining the conditions of possibility of a PhD thesis
JudeFransman
Becoming a PhD thesis: Selection, Classification, Recontextualisation

How does a PhD thesis emerge from the matter of doctoral research? And what is the influence of the social idea of the thesis-as-text and the conditions of possibility1 set by the material actualisation of the thesis on the doctoral research process? Philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze have referred to any instance through which social-material matter (such as that of doctoral research) is fixed (into forms such as a PhD thesis) as virtual–actual becoming. In some of his earlier work,2 Deleuze argues (against Plato's transcendent assumption) that life does not rest on an ideal or original model, but rather that all social ...

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