“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Logic Square

I've been using a logic square to talk about different philosophical positions within modernity.

Someone (I think it was Joseph Dumit, a student of Donna Hawaway) criticized my use of a logic square as schematic.

If you think it is too schematic then you have already decided what reality is--a smooth continuum. You have smuggled in an ontic prejudice. Which is precisely what thinking after Kant stops you from doing.

Logic squares are simply tools for thinking that can be used playfully, precisely because they offer a kind of constraint. Witness Donna Haraway's use of them in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women.

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