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This chapter outlines one possible way of practicing a politics of crisis. Ranging widely (the essay touches on epistemology, the continuing importance of the university as a privileged site of critical engagement, the limitations of Deleuzian singularity, the siren song of vitalism, and the challenges that science poses to the so-called new materialism), the chapter makes good the point that concepts, too, are objects—and not just objects but objects in relation, objects in conflict. That point is essential, the chapter argues, for counteracting the incoherence generated, in the first place, by thing-politics’ overemphasis on the “cooperative potential of concepts” and, in the second, by its reduction of humans to things. Not only are humans irreducible to things; we remain, as we were for the scientific materialism of the (old) Marxism, the agents of history—that is, the agents of crisis.

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