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Post-structuralism, Complexity and Poetics.

Dillon, Michael (2000) Post-structuralism, Complexity and Poetics. Theory, Culture and Society, 17 (5). ISSN 1460-3616

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    Post-structuralism and complexity are plural and diverse modes of thought that share a common subscription to the �anteriority of radical relationality�. They nonetheless subscribe to a different ethic of life because they address the anteriority of radical relationality in different ways. Complexity remains strategic in its bid to become a power-knowledge of the laws of becoming. It derives that strategic ethic from its scientific interest in the implicate order of non-linearity that is said to subvert Newtonian science. Post-structuralism is poetic. It derives its poetic ethic from Heidegger and from the re-working of orphic and tragic sensibilities to radical relationality with the radically non-relational. Observing that all poetry is complexity avant la lettre, the paper illustrates these points with the Odyssey and concludes that while complexity is ultimately concerned with fitness, post-structuralism is pre-occupied with justice.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture and Society
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 810
    Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
    Deposited On: 06 Dec 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 07 Jan 2015 16:05
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