9.13.2013

Humans or Organisms?

Humans or Organisms?

Ingold (2008) is careful to use the term “organism” rather than “human.” I won’t recount his argument here, but in the context of that article, it makes perfect sense.

I’m working on a piece right now—on rhetorics, material cultures, and worlding (Stewart, 2007)—where organism also seems to make more sense than human, simply because two key facets of my argument involve nonhuman objects/things and nonhuman organisms.

Does it not privilege the human, just a little bit, to use human–nonhuman as an overarching construction? Why not organism–materiality, for example?

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