Becomings: Explorations in Time, Memory and Futures by Elizabeth Grosz

By Elizabeth Grosz

With the appearance of the hot millennium, the thought of the long run, and of time quite often, has taken on larger importance in postmodern concept. even if the both pervasive and summary suggestion of area has generated an unlimited physique of disciplines, time, and the similar inspiration of "becoming" (transforming, mutating, and metamorphosing) have before acquired little theoretical cognizance. This quantity explores the ontological, epistemic, and political implications of rethinking time as a dynamic and irreversible strength. Drawing on principles from the usual sciences, in addition to from literature, philosophy, politics, and cultural analyses, its authors search to stimulate extra learn in either the sciences and the arts which highlights the temporal foundations of topic and tradition. the 1st element of the quantity, "The turning into of the World," presents a extensive creation to the recommendations of time. the second one part, "Knowing and Doing Otherwise," addresses the forces inside cultural and highbrow practices which produce a variety of becomings and new futures. It additionally analyzes how substitute types of subjectivity and corporeality might be generated via assorted conceptions of time. "Global Futures," the 3rd part, considers the probabilities for the social, political, and cultural transformation of people and countries. individuals Linda Alcoff, Syracuse collage Edward Casey, country college of recent York, Stony Brook Pheng Cheah, Northwestern collage Claire Colebrook, Monash collage Elizabeth Grosz, kingdom college of latest York, Buffalo Eleanor Kaufman, Cornell collage Manuel de Landa, Columbia college Alphonso Lingis, Pennsylvania nation collage Dorothea Olkowski, college of Colorado, Colorado Springs John Rajchman, Massachusetts Institute of know-how Gail Weiss, George Washington collage

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My project in this paper, however, is not to persuade analytic epistemologists to reinvent their ontological premises, but to convince others who are inclined toward ontologies of becoming that this inclination need not entail a repudiation of either epistemology or of truth. The latter has been assumed by a number of feminist theorists and continental philosophers who are especially concerned with the politics of truth. For those who reject the metaphysics of pure presence, there has been a mostly confused understanding of where that leads (or more correctly, leaves) epistemology.

On this side, truth is naturally understood to be dialogic and the same as passing for true; it is only about what knowers do, and it has no determinate relation with reality on the other side. To say, as Allen does, that nothing conditions truth other than a historically contingent normativity implicit in human practices is to segregate truth to one side of a bipolar metaphysic. And this suggests that Allen's rejection of realism is more apparent than real: the ontological picture that metaphysical realism conjures is left intact: we are on one side, reality is on the other, and the distinctions and categories and modes of ordering that human beings produce are not discoveries that can connect or not connect with reality but are free to play their own games on our side, unencumbered by determinate relations, however oblique and nonveridical, with the other side.

20 A. If truth is ontological, it is incoherent to understand it as constituted by power. B. If truth is not ontological, we can shift the problematic of truth to a consideration of its relation to power. This argument is implicitly accepted by numerous theorists of power, and I want to turn next to Wendy Brown, who develops the political implications of the argument more fully than Allen. Wendy Brown's fascinating series of essays, States of Injury, comprise an extended argument about how many "contemporary political formations ostensibly concerned with emancipation" retain an "ungrounded persistence in ontological essentialism and epistemological foundationalism" which results in undercutting any liberating effects they might hope to have.

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