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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter maps the emergence of a posthuman turn in feminist theory, based on the convergence of posthumanism with postanthropocentrism. The former critiques the universalist posture of the idea of “Man” as the alleged “measure of all things.” The latter criticizes species hierarchy and the assumption of human exceptionalism. Although feminist posthuman theory benefits from multiple genealogical sources and cannot be reduced to a single or linear event, it can be analyzed in terms of its conceptual premises, the methodology and its implications for feminist political subjectivity and for sexual politics, notably in relation to nonhuman agents.

Keywords: anti-humanism, posthumanism, postanthropocentrism, nonhuman, feminist humanity, nomadic becoming, neomaterialism, neo-Spinozist monism, vital materialism, process ontology

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