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Anthropocene Feminism: Rethinking the Unthinkable
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (The Critical Life Studies Research Group)
Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA.
2015 (English)In: philoSOPHIA - A Journal of Continental Feminism, Special Issue "Anthropocene Feminisms", ISSN 2155-0891, Vol. 5, no 2, 167-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In her recent lecture on the Anthropocene (to which she adds the Capitalocene and the Chthulucene), Donna Haraway expresses some alarm that after two major insights into what counts as thinkable, it was “anthropos” that became the term for the post-Holocene (Haraway 2014). Haraway declares, with emphasis, that it is “literally unthinkable” to work with the individual unit of “man” if one is to do good intellectual work. For Haraway, the two knowledge events that ought to have precluded the use of the figure of the “anthropos” are: first, the acceptance that any seeming individual is the outcome of a series of complex relations and must be studied as such (so there would be no epoch with anything, let alone “man,” as its first cause), and, second, intellectual inquiry has acknowledged a general becoming-with, such that in order to be anything at all, “one” must be in a dynamic relation. Haraway’s work is exemplary of post-liberal feminist resistance to the figure of man—as subject, agent, and center of knowing. Terms like “Woman” or “the feminine” do not extend the field occupied by man; they instead create a different intensity. So when Haraway questions the “anthropos” of the Anthropocene she neither asks that women, too, be included in those who have scarred the planet, nor does she claim that “Woman” would occupy some innocent outside. Instead, she proposes that one think of the “anthropos” as untimely, as out of sync with an intellectual milieu that theorizes the death of the subject and the eclipse of the human, and has even begun to renounce the notion of life in itself. It is odd that in the face of this destruction of any possibility of thinking by [End Page 167] way of individualism, the epic gesture of the present deploys the figure of the “anthropos,” as it should be unthinkable today to return to the figure of man

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SUNY Press, 2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 167-178 p.
Keyword [en]
Anthropocene, Feminism, Philosophy of Geology
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121237OAI: diva2:852700
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2016-07-04

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