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  1. For Stengers’ discussion of the “curse of tolerance”, see the entirety of Book VII, especially Chapter 19, ‘The Curse of Tolerance’, and Chapter 20, ‘The Curse as Test’.

  2. For a discussion of “obligations” and “requirements” see especially Book I, Chapter 4, ‘Constraints’.

  3. For Stengers’ discussion on peace, see especially Book VII, Chapter 26, ‘The Diplomats’ Peace’.

  4. See in particular Chapters 3, 4 and 6 on ‘ecology of practices’.

  5. Here Stengers paraphrases Deleuze and Guattari (Deleuze and Guattari, (1994) (Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F. What is Philosophy? (London: Verso, 1994).

  6. For an example of how the Parliament would and does work in the case of illegal drug use, see p. 396.

  7. On “nomadism” and “sedentarism” see Book VII, Chapter 24, “Nomadic and Sedentary”.

  8. That Stengers might call her peace “a belligerent regime” does not make it any less dependent on proper behaviour, that is a prescribed openness to the knowledge claims of ‘others’ without any recourse to criteria of rigour or method (p. 387).


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Choudhury, S., Sanchez-Allred, A. To speak for human nature: Cosmopolitics, critique and the neurosciences. BioSocieties 9, 104–109 (2014).

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