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Arthur Kroker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679157

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679157.001.0001

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Hybridities: Donna Haraway and Bodies of Paradox

Hybridities: Donna Haraway and Bodies of Paradox

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Body Drift

Arthur Kroker

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the thought of Donna Haraway. It argues that Haraway is a trusty guide to the study of hybrid bodies because her thought represents the self-reflexive logic of scientific cosmology generally and the vision of the biologist specifically. Reading Haraway is to migrate into the recursively looped consciousness of the scientific imaginaire, beyond the radical experiments by which natural scientists seek to make of the world a process of “groundtruthing,” and even beyond the necessarily complicated reasons for the rise and fall of particular scientific epistēmēs to that fateful collision in the materiality of everyday life and death—the fluid datum of race, gender, class, sexuality—wherein (scientific) reason meets its (materially inscribed) body. Definitely not a historian of science in the strict sense nor an aspirant to social utopia, Haraway makes of her own thought a knot of hybridities. This might explain why she can so fully, and powerfully, reveal the logic of scientific nihilism without once explicitly evoking the concept itself.

Keywords:   Donna Haraway, philosophy, feminist thought, technology, hybrid bodies, scientific cosmology

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