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Book/Printed Material Flourishing thought : democracy in an age of data hoards

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Title

  • Flourishing thought : democracy in an age of data hoards

Summary

  • "Challenging the posthumanist canon which celebrates the pre-eminence of matter, Ruth Miller, inFlourishingThoughtargues that what nonhuman systems contribute to democracy is thought. Drawing on recent feminist theories of nonhuman life and politics, Miller shows that reproduction and flourishing are not antithetical to contemplation and sensitivity. After demonstrating processes of life and processes of thought are indistinguishable, Miller finds that four menacing accumulations of matter and information--global surveillance, stored embryos, human clones, and reproductive trash--are politically productive rather than threats to democratic politics. As a consequence, she questions the usefulness of individual rights such as privacy and dignity, contests the value of the rational metaphysics underlying human-centered political participation, and re-evaluates the gender relations that derive from this type of participation. Ultimately, in place of these human-centered structures, Miller posits a more meditative mode of democratic engagement. Miller's argument has shattering implications for the debates over the proper use and disposal of embryonic tissue, alarms about data gathering by the state and corporations, and other major ethical, social, and security issues"-- Provided by publisher.

Names

  • Miller, Ruth Austin, 1975- author.

Created / Published

  • Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]

Headings

  • -  Democracy--Moral and ethical aspects
  • -  Democracy--Philosophy
  • -  Democracy--Social aspects
  • -  Feminist theory
  • -  POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • -  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Description based on print version record.

Medium

  • 1 online resource

Call Number/Physical Location

  • JC423

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020707244

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Access Advisory

  • Unrestricted online access

Online Format

  • image
  • epub

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Chicago citation style:

Miller, Ruth Austin, Author. Flourishing Thought: Democracy in an Age of Data Hoards. [Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016] Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020707244/.

APA citation style:

Miller, R. A. (2016) Flourishing Thought: Democracy in an Age of Data Hoards. [Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020707244/.

MLA citation style:

Miller, Ruth Austin, Author. Flourishing Thought: Democracy in an Age of Data Hoards. [Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020707244/>.