And 24 hour weather reporting and its disaster porn intensifies this call of the wild. Edible Matter 39 4. Merely decrying the human loss of its supposed mastery is not enough.
There is the call from our garbage: Bennett argues for a perceptual style open to the appearance of thing-power: The Force of Things 1 2.
I have two questions about this move: Bennett wisely encourages us to practice such judgments without the banisters of deadening binaries of subject-object and human-nonhuman.
Speech and voice are still the categories of recognition and legibility; vital materalism just universalizes it. Could you say more about the limits of this strategy and what it risks?
Her reading of Kafka is instructive here: That sure sounds a lot like skeptical melancholy to me. As we have seen, my freedom, in order to fulfill itself, requires that it emerge into an open future: What, for example, initiates this congealing that will undo itself?
With each decentering of the human being, either in terms of structures or the play of language in the philosophies of the last century, there has been less a philosophical answer to these vital questions than a seeming normative disgust that human beings have been cast from their throne.
Or is the theorist still the one doing the acting?
It is important to specify the ontological imagery one endorses: Not everything has, in fact, a legible effect.
I think that we are in fact constrained by some sort of nature, that we are free to operate but within iterated structures.
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.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.
Bennett, Vibrant Matter, Chapter 1, Section 1: Thing Power, or the Out-Side CHAPTER 1: THE FORCE OF THINGS Jane Bennett begins by noting the previous work on the embodiment (Foucaultian, feminist, etc.) in order to.
So, (a): One of the stated aims of Bennett’s book is ““to induce in human bodies an aesthetic-affective openness to material vitality” (x). As a method of “open-ended comportment” to thing-power, vital materialism sure sounds like a type of receptivity.
Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things () Jane Bennett, a political theorist and the celebrated author of The Enchantment of Modern Life (), is a central figure in a growing interdisciplinary cohort of scholars theorizing the power of things.
“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.
Bennett’s main concern is, again, to reveal the capacity to affect and be affected that resides within material bodies (5).
In other words, the vitality of a material body is a property or power re- siding within actants qua matter, which is why she discusses the effects of assemblages as emergent properties (24).Download