“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

Friday, July 20, 2012

Democracy of Objects Reviewed

[T]his openness to the truly other (to the “strange stranger” as Bryant writes, adopting a phrase from Timothy Morton) would not simply be an ethical rule to be followed or broken; it is (according to an argument surprisingly reminiscent of Derrida’s meditations on hospitality) an inescapable, ontological feature of the proper being of beings...


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