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- DescriptionChallenging the posthumanist can which celebrates the pre-eminenceof matter, Ruth Miller, in Flourishing Thought argues that what nhumansystems contribute to democracy is thought. Drawing on recent feministtheories of nhuman life and politics, Miller shows that reproductionand flourishing are t antithetical to contemplation and sensitivity.After demonstrating processes of life and processes of thought areindistinguishable, Miller finds that four menacing accumulations ofmatter and information-global surveillance, stored embryos, humanclones, and reproductive trash-are politically productive rather thanthreats to democratic politics. As a consequence, she questions theusefulness of individual rights such as privacy and dignity, conteststhe value of the rational metaphysics underlying human-centeredpolitical participation, and re-evaluates the gender relations that derivefrom this type of participation. Ultimately, in place of these humancenteredstructures, Miller posits a more meditative mode of democraticengagement. Miller's argument has shattering implications for the debates overthe proper use and disposal of embryonic tissue, alarms about datagathering by the state and corporations, and other major ethical, social,and security issues.
- Author BiographyRuth A. Miller is Professor of History at the University of MassachusettsBoston, USA.
- Author(s)Ruth A. Miller
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication30/08/2016
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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