This is a play off of Knowledge Ecology’s post,
The Conceptual Force of Knowledge Ecologies: A Modern Cosmogram
found here: knowledge-ecology.com
I would like to play with Isabelle Stenger’s idea of “cosmopolitics.” Admittedly, I have not done the best work I could do, in fact, I will be doing violence to this concept as I join my ideal play with the slack ass remainders that include my not having read Stenger’s work on the subject. BUT, this isn’t completely fair to me because her playing field is also mine, and I claim residency in thought and philosophical lineages; I claim the right to participate as an ally who insists on inspirations that guide Stenger’s, “cosmopolitics.” A contributive account by Bruno Latour I found in Knowledge Ecology:
From now on, politics is something entirely different from what political scientists believe: it is the building of the cosmos in which everyone lives, the progressive composition of the common world (Latour: 2004). What is common to this vast transformation is that politics is now defined as the agonizing sorting out of conflicting cosmograms (Tresch: 2005). Hence the excellent name Isabelle Stengers has proposed to give to the whole enterprise, that of cosmopolitics, meaning, literally, the politics of the cosmos (Stengers: 1996) – and not some expanded form of internationalism (Beck: 2006).
The act of building a political affect more in touch with nature or “(N)ature” requires new names. Cosmopolitics is a hail, a call to acknowledge the fact that when humanity builds politics we also build a cosmos. And further, we are bound up with the cosmos, our politics constituted as an expression of our universal situation. The division between science and value have caused unbounded, compounding planetary dilemmas. At least in part, that is what I understand Adam Robert pointing to in his cosmogram. He concludes his bit with a statement I would like to “hang my hat on”: “I believe that our part of the work must be to… develop more sophisticated theories regarding our understanding of how sensitive, vulnerable, and plastic the human psyche is.”
That pressing issues of ecological consequences facing our biosphere were not so much as mentioned in the US presidencial debates is a strong reminder that we must find ways to communicate more fully, full of heart, even to become like children in order to break the spell that keeps us from one another.
“It is a matter of appealing to the possible against the inexorable allure of the process that has set in and, of course continues today more than ever. It is a matter of breaking something of a spellbinding order, a stunned impotence… We say that this cry is the name of an event, and that the force of this event is the manner in which it makes this question exist for those who respond to it: how is one to inherit, to prolong, to become the child of this event? Becoming the child of an event: not being born again into innocence, but daring to inhabit the possible…” (Philippe Pignarre & Isabelle Stengers – Capitalist Sorcery)
It is not a matter of platitude or phenomenological kitsch when I say I experience the human psyche as sensitive and plastic. I am an experiencing subject proving it; living it. In my daily life I situate myself with adults by whose decisions or daring consequence find themselves as children facing a morbid world. The event of positive change is upon me. I am an onlooker as it is an event in others lives. I view attitudes of suffiction, soul atrophy and desertificaiton of contextual barrings shift to habitual value, acumen that face difficulty with balance. I bare witness to great change with a people consumed to dwell at the bottom of life.
These experiences teach me about the unification of fact and value and the potential to manifest a more robust cosmopolitics. Our future affiliations cross-species, plant, and planet are poised in waiting our arrivals. Our “conflicting cosmograms” are just as much subject to our love and light as they are the vulnerability of our constitutions. Our suffering will die as sure as our species, our best bet is the one before the other. My dreams take me towards beliefs of the possible, especially as I daily witness miracles of healing. The powers that made our world – those constituting powers of cosmograms, the psychological ordering of subjectivifications, histories of discipline and punish that have robbed freedom from adulthood and “strong responsibility” from labor… they have not the power contained in the laughter of child, or the tear of a widow. Our cosmopolitics, those that build “another world” will lead us between the poetics of experience and the weight of fact. I set my sails toward that shore…