Theory, Culture & Society

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2019

Rosi Braidotti Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University
Theory, Culture & Society, Journal Year: 2019, Volume and Issue: 36(6), P. 31 - 61

Published: Jan. 1, 2019

What are the parameters that define a posthuman knowing subject, her scientific credibility and ethical accountability? Taking the posthumanities as an emergent field of enquiry based on the convergence of posthumanism and post-anthropocentrism, I argue that posthuman knowledge claims go beyond the critiques of the universalist image of ‘Man’ and of human exceptionalism. The conceptual foundation I envisage for the critical posthumanities is a neo-Spinozist monistic ontology that assumes radical immanence, i.e. the primacy of intelligent and self-organizing matter. This implies that the posthuman knowing subject has to be understood as a relational embodied and embedded, affective and accountable entity …

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