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Entanglement and response: locating human responsibility in Karen Barad’s agential realism

Shaw, David;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
The role of “the human” remains a contentious issue in the field of critical posthumanism. While there is broad agreement that the liberal humanist conception of “the human” must, as Rosi Braidotti suggests, be “decentered”, the effect of this decentering on the ontological status of the beings previously understood as “humans” remains unclear. With this problem in mind, this thesis will extend Karen Barad’s notion of agential realism to present a conception of “the human” that does not rely on liberal humanist universalism. I argue that “the human” is best understood as a pattern of becoming that emerges through an ongoing process of entanglement and response w...
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free text keywords: Posthumanism, Agential Realism, Karen Barad, Agency, Responsibility
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