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Posthuman Critical Theory

  • Rosi Braidotti
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Abstract

This essay proposes a genealogical cartography of the emergence of a posthuman turn in critical theory, including feminist theory, based on the convergence of posthumanism with post-anthropocentrism. The former critiques the universalist posture of the idea of ‘Man’ as the alleged ‘measure of all things’. The latter criticizes species hierarchy and the assumption of human exceptionalism. It then explores the implications of the posthuman turn for political subjectivity, notably in terms of the relation between human and nonhuman agents. The essay then critiques the current tendency to create new negative or reactive re-compositions of a new pan-humanity based on vulnerability and fear. The case is made instead for critical posthuman thought and a definition of the subject as nomadic, that is to say: transversal, relational, affective, embedded and embodied.

Keywords

Radical Immanence Feminist Politics Human Enhancement Process Ontology Internal Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the HumanitiesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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