2019 — Essay

Sapience + Care
Reason and responsibility in posthuman politics

Helen Hester

Angelaki, Vol. 24

Posthumanism can be understood as a position that de-prioritizes or rescinds the privilege of the human in some way – frequently by attempting to think humanity as one element of a wider ecology of interdependent forces. This paper argues that one can be on the side of the human without neglecting the assemblages of which we are all a part – by conceiving of humanity as a site of nascent potential for sapience + care – an alienated understanding of a complex world combined with the will to engage in the reparative processes of tending to it.