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By Rosi Braidotti

Nomadic matters argues for a brand new form of philosophical pondering, person who would come with the insights of feminism and abandon the hegemonic mode that's conventionally followed in excessive theory.

Braidotti's own, astounding, and vigorous prose insists on an integration of feminism in mainstream discourse. The essays discover difficulties which are critical to present feminist debates together with Western epistemology's relation to the "woman question," feminism and biomedical ethics, eu feminism, and the way American feminists may relate to eu pursuits.

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There is a strong aesthetic dimension in the quest for alternative nomadic figurations, and feminist theory, as I practice it, is informed by this joyful nomadic force. As Donna Haraway put it, we need feminist figures of humanity that resist literal figuration and still erupt in powerful new tropes, new figures of speech, new terms of historical possibility. For this process “at the inflection point of crisis, where all the tropes turn again, we need ecstatic speakers” (Haraway 1992:86b). The Nomad as Polyglot The polyglot is a linguistic nomad.

This is not to be mistaken for disregard of democracy and of consultative procedures. On the contrary, a rhizomatic democratic politics requires intensive consultations and sustained dialogic exchanges. These are based, however, on questioning received opinions and not on the lazy acceptance of commonsensical notions. Democracy is a state of mind—one that requires critical thought, intellectual curiosity, and constant criticism of authoritarianism—but also of vulgar simplifications and dangerous overgeneralization.

This has become a defining feature of my texts. Over the years I seem to have developed a peculiar economy of writing as a way of negotiating with my many languages and cultural affiliations. Some books now exist exclusively in Italian (Madri, Mostri e Macchine and the coauthored: Baby Boomers) or French (La philosophie, là oú on ne l’attend pas) without English counterpart. Meanwhile, several selections of my essays have been translated in many languages (from Finnish to Korean, Hungarian, and Spanish), creating a series of assemblages or combinations that defy any original.

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