Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology by Casper Bruun Jensen

By Casper Bruun Jensen

Technological know-how and know-how reports, cultural anthropology and cultural reports care for the advanced family members among fabric, symbolic, technical and political practices. In a Deleuzian technique those family members are noticeable as produced in heterogeneous assemblages, relocating throughout differences corresponding to the human and non-human or the fabric and excellent. This quantity outlines a Deleuzian method of examining technology, tradition and politics.

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In the first instance, to concentrate on the specificity of the context does not in itself address the issue of how such components are connected beyond their circumstantial togetherness. Nature bifurcates: there is the togetherness, and there are the circumstances that led to it. Secondly, while it may be the case that 'concrete fact', as Whitehead would put it, 'is the only reason' and cannot therefore be explained with reference to another term (stresses, in Whitehead's example, society, in Latour's).

One might consider its implications, for example, with respect to debates that address the usefulness, or not, of analytical terms such as 'the social', 'the natural' or 'discou�se'. Some of the frustration that often surrounds the use of these ternis can be put down to the recognition that they arc abstractions, which, as such, cannot do the work of explanation: it is they themselves that instead require explanation. Hence Latour's suggestion, cited above, that 'science . studies abstain from using society to account for nature or vice versa'.

And to suggest that the task of the moralist is to oblige others to be obliged to remember that 'every realization of value is the outcome of limitation' (Whitehead 1 985: I I 6-I 7). For limitation, in Whitehead's metaphysics, is the price of becoming; specifically, becoming is enabled by the exclusion - and here a new conceptual construction must be introduced - 'of the boundless wealth of alternative potentiality' (Whitehead I 938: 207-8). Potentiality, for Whitehead, is an important concept, the correlative of what is 'given': '[ t]he meaning of "givenness'", he writes, 'is that what is "given" might not have been "given"; and that what is not "given" might have been "given"' (Whitehead 1 978: 44).

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