A Theoretical Framework for the Critical Posthumanities

  title={A Theoretical Framework for the Critical Posthumanities},
  author={R. Braidotti},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={31 - 61}
  • R. Braidotti
  • Published 1 November 2019
  • Philosophy, Art
  • Theory, Culture & Society
What are the parameters that define a posthuman knowing subject, her scientific credibility and ethical accountability? Taking the posthumanities as an emergent field of enquiry based on the convergence of posthumanism and post-anthropocentrism, I argue that posthuman knowledge claims go beyond the critiques of the universalist image of ‘Man’ and of human exceptionalism. The conceptual foundation I envisage for the critical posthumanities is a neo-Spinozist monistic ontology that assumes… 

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