Entangled Humanism as a Political Project: William Connolly’s Facing the Planetary
Entangled humanism. Bumpy temporalities. Sociocentrism. Role experimentation. Politics of swarming. A most timely book, Bill Connolly’s Facing the Planetarybuzzes with a swarm of innovative concepts, testing both the limits and the creative powers of contemporary political theory to address the fragility of the human condition in the Anthropocene. These concepts, Connolly shows, are carriers of power to shape and reshape collective identities, consolidate and trouble drives toward mastery over nature, and form and reform bodies and assemblages. Today, the decisive challenge of human viability not only reveals familiar human/non-human and mind/body dualisms as very difficult, even impossible, to sustain; it also requires a radical rethinking of the practice of political theorizing itself. This new practice should not be reduced merely to the goal of exposing the confines and silences built into the dominant Euro-American conceptual repertoires of political thought. The idea is to...
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