Taking things seriously: the politics of new materialism

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Taking things seriously: the politics of new materialism

Type: Master thesis
Title: Taking things seriously: the politics of new materialism
Author: Maanen, Gijs van
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: new materialism
political theory
performativity
Barad
Braidotti
Bennett
Zerilli
White
Latour
Abstract: In this thesis I discussed three authors writing in a relatively new tradition of contemporary feminist thought. Chapter one taught us that the world might be more complicated than we initially thought it was. All of our authors argue that we should understand our place in the world in terms of networks. Chapter two focused on the ethical claims made by our materialists. If everything can be (or is) related, how does that influence the way we should act towards others? In chapter three, I argue that new materialism is not so much about reflecting upon how the world is, or proposing rules which explain how the world should be. By contrast, new materialists present ‘figures of the thinkable’, or creative attempts to let people rethink their relationship with specific parts of their environment.
Supervisor: Fossen, Thomas
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (120 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: MA Philosophy of Political Science
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52620
 

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