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This chapter explores the philosophical possibilities of another materialism, one that is contingent or aleatory, and glimpsed in the philosophy of Althusser and the biology of Darwin. Might this become the grounds for a new politics? Rather than the conservative force of social Darwinism and sociobiology, two uses of the biological that see the function of social selection as the reproduction of order, this chapter advocates a new balance between variation and selection that is uncovered by a plastic reading of this new materialism.

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