- This book is one of the recommended reading by Shirley Tse, the featured artist of exhibition 'Shirley Tse: Stakes and Holders' at M+ Pavilion.
- Jane Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a "vital materiality" that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman.
- Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces.
- She engages with the concepts and claims of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Thoreau, Darwin, Adorno, and Deleuze, disclosing a long history of thinking about vibrant matter in Western philosophy, including attempts by Kant, Bergson, and the embryologist Hans Driesch to name the "vital force" inherent in material forms.
- She concludes by sketching the contours of a "green materialist" ecophilosophy.
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Dimensions: 22.7 x 15 cm
Author: Jane Bennett
Publisher: Duke University Press, 2010