Analiza i Egzystencja

ISSN: 1734-9923     eISSN: 2300-7621    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/aie.2020.50-05

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Holobionts, Symbiosis and New Narratives for the Troubled Times of Donna Haraway’s Chthulucene

Authors: Aleksandra Derra
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: Chthulucene Anthropocene sympoietic system Donna Haraway new kin response-ability
Year of publication:2020
Page range:15 (79-93)
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The aim of the article is to discuss the basic assumptions, theses and solutions of Donna Haraway’s book “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene”. The authoress places the considerations of an American philosopher and biologist against the background of her earlier books and conceptual proposals. She analyses her suggestion of using the category of Chthulucene instead of Anthropocene, the category of sympoietic system instead of an autopoietic one, she presents her appeal for creating new forms of kinship and extensive response-ability for each other.
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