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Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (A John Hope Franklin Center Book)

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Fellow, Bauhaus University, Internationales Kolleg fur Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie [4] Perhaps this is a question of a strategic choice between a rhetoric of purity (Zizek) and a rhetoric of encouragement. I know many non-duped people, from a mayor of a small green town in Maryland, to community garden activists, to Teach for America 4 employees, to bird watchers and hunters, who find that the idea that humans and nonhumans are profoundly interlinked has the potential to alter the status quo. (See also, to cite just one recent book, Thomas Princen’s Treading Softly.)

Bennett, Jane; Shapiro, Michael J. (2002). The Politics of Moralizing. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415934787. This leads to her ultimate point, which is that environmentalism is too limited, dependent upon the idea that humans are separate from nature, and thus need to protect nature. Rather, she is saying, the human and the natural are so interwoven that it is a fool's errand to try to separate them. Humans are not themselves selves--we are, too, radical assemblages. To really get out of the human-world correlate, you have to be able to say something about “world-world” relations too: or rather, thing-thing relations... Jane Bennett is a contemporary political theorist, social theorist, and ecological philosopher. She Her book, Vibrant Matter (2010), is an evolution of a line of her previous works (most notably The Force of Things (2004) and In the Nature of Things: Language, Politics, and the Environment (1993)), in developing her theory of vital materialism, or thing-power materialism. Like her previous works, the text is laden with reference to and conversation with multiple other theorists across the fields of art, animism, materialism, humanism, and political ecology.Bennett, Jane (2013), "From Nature to Matter", in Archer, Crina; Ephraim, Laura; Maxwell, Lida (eds.), Second Nature: Rethinking the Natural Through Politics, New York: Fordham University Press, pp.149–160, ISBN 9780823251421 Bennett's work considers ontological ideas about the relationship between humans and 'things', what she calls "vital materialism": a b Bennett, Jane (2018). "Curriculum Vitae". Johns Hopkins Department of Political Science. Archived from the original on 18 April 2019 . Retrieved 18 April 2019.

Bennett, Jane (2012), "Powers of the Hoard: Further Notes on Material Agency", in Cohen, Jeffrey (ed.), Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, Washington, DC: Oliphaunt Books an imprint of Punctum Books, pp.237–269, ISBN 9780615625355 Watson, Janell (October 2013). "Eco-sensibilities: interview with Jane Bennett". Minnesota Review. 81 (1): 147–158. doi: 10.1215/00265667-2332147. S2CID 145051920. Khan, Gulshan (February 2009). "Agency, nature and emergent properties". Contemporary Political Theory. 8 (1): 90–105. doi: 10.1057/CPT.2008.43. S2CID 144483000. Visiting research fellows: previous visiting research fellows - Professor Bennett". Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), The University of Nottingham . Retrieved 25 July 2014. Bennett, Jane, 1957-". Library of Congress . Retrieved 25 July 2014. Her Unthinking faith and enlightenment, c1987: CIP t.p. (Jane Bennett) data sheet (b. 7/31/57)Moreover, although I sympathize with her program of extending our inclusion of objects, animals and plants into our political considerations as well as her idea that we should pay attention to things as things more, I totally reject this book as worth anyone's time (except the first 3/4ths of the 7th chapter) because it is full of misinterpretation, spin, and a non consulting of contemporary science. A great example of this is her exclusion of how Nietzsche is all about human agency fir the sake of humans. Additionally her argument is inchorent and contradictory and at times non existent. Radical yes, but radical isnt enough because this book maybe just career filler for another professional thinker. The second problem was ecological destruction, or the globalizing political economy devoted to extraction and exploitation, waste, commodification, human imperialism and winner-take-all. I am a vital materialist who sees positive, pro-green potential in raising the profile of the fact that any human “I” is itself made up of “its”– of a vast array of originally and to varying degrees persistently nonhuman elements, such as bacteria, metals, ambient sounds, the “trains” of images of other bodies, etc. Here I have been inspired by the straightforwardness of Bruno Latour’s rejection of the anthropocentric bias in the social sciences. How’s it in?” Bennett asked. She turned to me. “Try to pull it out!” I leaned down, grabbed an orange handful, and yanked. It wouldn’t budge.

Bennett, Jane (2014), "Systems and Things: A Reply to Graham Harman and Timothy Morton", in Grusin, Richard (ed.), The Nonhuman Turn, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press - forthcoming. a b "Jane Bennett". Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University . Retrieved 25 July 2014.

i do respect the goal of it and obviously it's important to consider nonhuman things in issues of politics and rights and ethics blablabla Vibrant Matter will reward readers by opening many fields of inquiry that require responses. 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.” — Bryan E. Bannon, Environmental Philosophy

Barclay, Glen St John; Turner, Caroline (1 May 2004). Visiting Fellows and Other Visitors, 1991–2004. Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. doi: 10.22459/HRC.05.2004. ISBN 9780975122983 . Retrieved 25 July 2014.Bennett, J. (2004) ‘The Force of Things: Steps toward an Ecology of Matter’ in Political Theory 32, 3: 347–372. Bennett, Jane (2012), "Stones", in Sæbjörnsson, Egill; Herzogenrath, Bernd (eds.), Stones According to Egill Sæbjörnsson, New York: Revolver Publishing / Continuum, pp.27–36, ISBN 9781441163868 I NEVER want to meet anyone stuffy and close-minded enough to require this much theoretical justification to accept, let alone entertain that "things" have more agency than has been traditionally thought in Western philosophy. I imagine this is only revalatory to contemporary academics who stopped reading 35 years ago when they received their PhD. Heidegger, M. (1977) The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays. Translated and with an Introduction by William Lovitt. (Harper Row Publishers Inc: New York). Bennett, Jane (2014), "Of Material Sympathies, Paracelsus, and Whitman", in Iovino, Serenella; Oppermann, Serpil (eds.), Material Ecocriticism, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp.149–160, ISBN 9780253013958

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