Philosophy in the Wild w/ Jane Bennett

“Our aim has as much to do with politics (polemics) as metaphysics. Of course, ‘nature’ lends itself to a variety of metaphysical accounts. Like Deleuze and Dewey, vital materialists are also pragmatists. For us today, living in the wealthy and profoundly unequal democracies of North America, vital materialism is a strategy for sensing the visceral dimensions of our destructive political culture and discovering alternatives to it. It is a way of opening ourselves to things so our minds and bodies can be changed by them, as well as a theory of agentic material assemblages. We lose sight of what a philosophy is good for when we lose sight of the very real problems that provoke it.”

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Jane “Listening to ‘Things’ in Baltimore” with Alexander Livingston

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