Facts, Ethics and Event

Fraser, Mariam. 2010. Facts, Ethics and Event. In: Casper Bruun Jensen and Kjetil Roedje, eds. DELEUZIAN INTERSECTIONS: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 52-82. ISBN 978-1-84545-614-6 [Book Section]

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In this chapter I want to explore some of the sometimes different, sometimes overlapping ways in which the reality of facts is understood by Bruno Latour, Isabelle Stengers, Alfred North Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze. My intentions here are not at all to produce an exhaustive survey, or to come up with an ideal synthesis of these theorists' work in this area, or to 'compare and contrast' them. Instead, the argument in this chapter folds, unfolds and refolds around these authors with the aim of exploring what their different concepts or what the same concepts differently inflected can do. I want to ask where a few key terms - among them, relationality, exteriority, potentiality and virtuality - might lead, and how they might be made to matter. The discussion will be dominated by two attractors. The first is event, the second is ethics.

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About the book: Science and technology studies, cultural anthropology and cultural studies deal with the complex relations between material, symbolic, technical and political practices. In a Deleuzian approach these relations are seen as produced in heterogeneous assemblages, moving across distinctions such as the human and non-human or the material and ideal. This volume outlines a Deleuzian approach to analyzing science, culture and politics.

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Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]



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02 Jul 2010 11:01

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07 Jul 2017 11:26



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