I propose to investigate the posthuman idea of non-human agency by creating a contact zone with the thought of the Thirteenth Century philosopher Biagio Pelacani. In a ‘medieval posthumanist’ style, I put in place a creative dialogue with Pelacani on the non-human agency in order to attract critical attention on the relevance, implications, histo- ricity of the posthuman idea of non-human agency. In such a perspec- tive I grasp in Pelacani an idea of material agency that is embodied in a metaphysical-cosmological doctrine according to which there’s an a unique material living animated principle from whose power all that is, including the human with its intellect, is taken from (human spon- taneous generation from matter). In this idea of material agency with its attempt to articulate the boundaries of the human within a vibrant matter it therefore seems to me that I can read a significant trigger for the posthuman idea of agency in its implications of destabilizing the notion of human exceptionality.

Agency non umana in un Medioevo postumano: la teoria di Biagio Pelacani sulla generazione spontanea dell'umano dalla materia / Rignani, Orsola. - In: OPEN JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES. - ISSN 2612-6966. - 4 (2020):(2020), pp. 3-18. [10.17605/OSF.IO/8VPFT]

Agency non umana in un Medioevo postumano: la teoria di Biagio Pelacani sulla generazione spontanea dell'umano dalla materia

Orsola Rignani
2020-01-01

Abstract

I propose to investigate the posthuman idea of non-human agency by creating a contact zone with the thought of the Thirteenth Century philosopher Biagio Pelacani. In a ‘medieval posthumanist’ style, I put in place a creative dialogue with Pelacani on the non-human agency in order to attract critical attention on the relevance, implications, histo- ricity of the posthuman idea of non-human agency. In such a perspec- tive I grasp in Pelacani an idea of material agency that is embodied in a metaphysical-cosmological doctrine according to which there’s an a unique material living animated principle from whose power all that is, including the human with its intellect, is taken from (human spon- taneous generation from matter). In this idea of material agency with its attempt to articulate the boundaries of the human within a vibrant matter it therefore seems to me that I can read a significant trigger for the posthuman idea of agency in its implications of destabilizing the notion of human exceptionality.
Agency non umana in un Medioevo postumano: la teoria di Biagio Pelacani sulla generazione spontanea dell'umano dalla materia / Rignani, Orsola. - In: OPEN JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES. - ISSN 2612-6966. - 4 (2020):(2020), pp. 3-18. [10.17605/OSF.IO/8VPFT]
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