Essays on Extinction: Death of the posthuman by Claire Colebrook

By Claire Colebrook

"Death of the PostHuman undertakes a sequence of severe encounters with the legacy of what had grow to be referred to as 'theory,' and its modern supposedly post-human aftermath. There may be no redemptive post-human destiny during which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species unearths an go out and manages to emerge with ecology and existence. whilst, what has grow to be referred to as the human - regardless of its normative depth - promises neither origin nor severe lever within the Anthropocene epoch. dying of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and probably post-human futures."--Publisher's description.

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Theory is an acceptance of a distinction between a strong sense of the inhuman (that which exists beyond, beyond all givennness and imaging, and beyond all relations) and an unfounded imperative that we must therefore give ourselves a law. We act in the absence of knowledge of the world beyond us, and yet knowing that there is a beyond means that practice cannot be reduced to what we know or feel; nothing we know can ground or determine our decisions. There is a direct passage from the gap of the undecidable (or that decisions are not 32 Chapter 1 made for us because we do not and cannot know any ultimate ground) to the burden of having to make a decision.

Foucault argues, for The Sustainability of Concepts: Knowledge and Human Interests 47 example, that we cannot see natural history as simply preceding biology or the science of life. Nor can we read Adam Smith’s theory of wealth as leading seamlessly to economics; nor can we see theories of grammar as similar in type to the social science of linguistics. To understand how these new disciplinary distinctions create a curious new object of knowledge—man—we can take our lead from the present. Even popular economic theories, such as Freakanomics (Levitt and Dubner 2005), or the Chicago school theories that directly influence government policy (Overtveldt 2007) presuppose a certain concept of man.

Theory is an acceptance of a distinction between a strong sense of the inhuman (that which exists beyond, beyond all givennness and imaging, and beyond all relations) and an unfounded imperative that we must therefore give ourselves a law. We act in the absence of knowledge of the world beyond us, and yet knowing that there is a beyond means that practice cannot be reduced to what we know or feel; nothing we know can ground or determine our decisions. There is a direct passage from the gap of the undecidable (or that decisions are not 32 Chapter 1 made for us because we do not and cannot know any ultimate ground) to the burden of having to make a decision.

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