• The nonhuman condition: Radical democracy through new materialist lenses

    Author(s):
    Hans Asenbaum, Jean-Paul Gagnon, Diana Leong, James Louis Smith (see profile) , Amanda Machin, Melissa Orlie
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Environmental Humanities, Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Democracy, Matter, Free will and determinism, Public welfare, Human beings
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Radical Democracy
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/e6ph-kd40
    Abstract:
    This Critical Exchange explores the nonhuman condition. It asks: What are the implications of decentering the human subject via a new materialist reading of radical democracy? Does this reading dilute political agency? Or should this be seen, on the contrary, as an invitation for new voices and demands to enter into democratic assemblages? How might engagement with the more-than-human disrupt or extend theories of radical democracy? In our introductory contribution, we engage with the radical democratic human subject and explore new materialist thinking and its challenge to anthropocentrism. We offer a preliminary answer to how democratic agency is reconfigured under the nonhuman condition. While these questions have no final answers, we show that engaging with them opens a fruitful conversation about the limits and content of radical democracy.
    Notes:
    Co-Authored 'Critical Exchange' article
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    9 months ago
    License:
    Attribution

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