I like how she wants to defamilarize the objects around us but feel she fails to find a way suitable to it. The reconceptualization of the material world that Vibrant Matter represents is a meaningful step in the direction of reformulating many of the debates within environmental philosophy that continue to retain the vestiges of overt dualism and its less obvious manifestation in the subject-object distinction.
As part of her methodology in constructing vital materialism, she wants to emphasize that poststructuralist thought—from Foucault to Deleuze to Derrida and even to Thoreau—contains a theory of materialism, even if it is not one that traditional Marxists might recognize. Vibrant Matter is fresh, alert, quiet and potent, a door opening in a stuffy room to let the outside in, which lets it speak so as to embolden us to breathe differently.
Additionally her argument is inchorent and contradictory and at times non existent. Vibrant Matters is the best argument to date of how materiality operates as a vital force, as much more than social construction or brute resistance or recalcitrance. Lastly, and for me worst of all, there is no way her theory supports her moral of the theory; and in fact as she states on pg.
Her project, as she explicitly emphasizes, is importantly ontological, but not epistemological. Trash, in her political ecology, is made alive and—in Therefore, while at the heart of her argument is a posthumanist claim that de-privileges humanity as the center through which all political systems must be understood, Bennett concludes—with much nuance—that as human beings, we cannot help but center ourselves, even if we claim to do otherwise.
As far as the politics Bennett wisely encourages us to practice such judgments without the banisters of deadening binaries of subject-object and human-nonhuman. A pile of trash, a scrap of metal, an overtaxed energy grid, hungry worms, and embryonic stem cells: Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress.
I am curious to see how this and similar new philosophical attempts will be translated into more concrete activities and approaches relevant for design. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings.
Edible Matter 39 4. Duke University Press,pp. In respecting the stuff of the world, in being attentive to it, Bennett has pushed political philosophy way beyond its comfort zone: I am very excited by this book and think of it, frankly, as companion species to my own book Networked Reenactments, and helpful for thinking about the angle into my next book, Speaking with Things.
Stem Cells and the Culture of Life 82 7. Or rather she appears to be using these terms in their 19th century connotation and dennotations and seems to forget that late Victorian concepts of vitalism have been eclipsed by break throughs in biology, genetics and chemistry. Her goal is to give voice to the moment when things detach from bodies into the absolute.
You are not currently authenticated. While Bennett may be critiqued for admitting that at the end, the qualitative life of human beings is most important to her, she seems to readily admit throughout her work that to be human is to be unable to escape being human.
Thus, in her act to empower environmentalism, she would have us both consult and blame the carbon creating the greenhouse effect which threatens life as it is now embodied on earth because the carbon is as much actant as we are. The Agency of Assemblages 20 3. In other words, and as she emphasizes in her concluding chapter, we should be motivated to adopt a vital materialist politics that no longer privileges humans—or any living forms—over seemingly inanimate matter, because ultimately such a politics will make our human lives better.
Political Ecologies 94 8. As environmental, technological, and biomedical concerns force themselves onto worldly political agendas, the urgency and potency of this analysis must surely inform any rethinking of what political theory is about in the twenty-first century.
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Radical yes, but radical isnt enough because this book maybe just career filler for another professional thinker.
The chapter on the history of vitalism was the most detailed and effective so far as the ontology goes. Whether Marx would agree with her interpretation is another story. For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department.
View freely available titles: She explains in her introduction: In other words, she wants to point us to the places where things are and have force, and to give language to those places so that we can see and perhaps even feel the force of their motion.
Her book is surprising, refreshing, and troubling. A Political Ecology of Things. Neither Vitalism nor Mechanism 62 6. The reviewers quoted on the back of book should be ashamed but maybe they didnt read this bookIn Jane Bennett’s "Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things", she explores the role of inanimate bodies and how humans interact with them.
"Vibrant Matter" serves as Bennett’s manifesto for the benefits of anthropomorphizing/5(20). JANE BENNETT Vibrant Matter A Political Ecology of Things Duke University Press Durham and London Z Preface West. I will reinvoke this history too, versions of deep ecology, my monism posits neither a smooth harmony.
In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves.
Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events/5. Get this from a library!
Vibrant matter: a political ecology of things. [Jane Bennett] -- Theorizes the political agency of things and natural phenomena--such as trash, food, weather, electricity--to examine how non-human elements exert force upon human politics and social relations.
“Vibrant Matter is a fascinating, lucid, and powerful book of political theory. By focusing on the ‘thing-side of affect,’ Jane Bennett seeks to broaden and transform our sense of care in relation to the world of humans, non-human life, and things. A pile of trash, a scrap of metal, an overtaxed energy grid, hungry worms, and embryonic stem cells: these are just some of the main characters in Jane Bennett’s short though ambitious work that lays out her theory of vital materiality.Download