Anthropo-ecologies: A Reply to “Hominid Ecologies”

Nicholas S. Anderson

Levi R. Bryant over at Laval Subjects has recently posted a proposal to abandon the terms “society” and “culture” in favour of what he is calling “hominid ecologies.”  The reason for this neologism, he elaborates, has largely to do with what Bruno Latour often calls the “Modern Constitution,” which is Latour’s shorthand for the conceptual establishment of an insuperable gap between people and things, society and nature—a gap, moreover, that guarantees that the nonhuman half of the pairing remains the neutral, dehistoricized substrate of human knowledge and meaning (We Have Never Been Modern).  In the course of his paper, he cites the usual suspects (Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Jane Bennett), thinkers who ask the same sorts of questions as Latour and whom I too admire.

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