new materialism

Material subjects and vital objects — prefiguring property and rights for an entangled world

This article considers the effects of the critique of the subject–object distinction on the concept of property rights. My starting point is that there is nothing ‘given’ or natural about the subject–object distinction: rather, it is an effect produced by a distinctive matrix of ideas, physical-environmental facts, and social behaviours or performances. I explore what it might mean for property if we shift the human being from a position of control over the world to a position of being situated fully in the world.

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