What is wanted Again for the first time is a pronoun For the we things don't run... --Geoffrey G. O'Brien (2015) That new materialism has grown so popular means that it might be time for critics to cast a more suspicious eye on its basic arguments. In particular, we might ask why critics should add the claim to being a materialist to the now standard assumption that either one casts one's analyses in terms of what natural science can process or challenges those terms in relation to what a future science might be able to discover. Claiming to be a new materialist seems to involve a very difficult task, since fidelity to a specific ontology creates at least two huge problems: we have to correlate a plausible materialist ontology with a workable historical materialism, yet the two orientations might prove as difficult to reconcile as Jason Edwards argues they are;1 and we have to address problems that befuddle science like the nature of creativity and the possibility of a meaningful discourse about freedom as if we had stable and trustworthy answers grounded in methodologies science can or should accept. And claims for a new materialism, however process-oriented, depend
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jan 8, 2016
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