Facts, Ethics and Event

Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2008. Facts, Ethics and Event. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-33. [Article]

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In this article 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, nor is it 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.1 The first is event, the second is ethics.

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