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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 47, Issue 2, July 2021

Martin E. Turkis II
Pages 53-58

Elizabeth Grosz, The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism

Critical theorist Elizabeth Grosz moves beyond the New Materialism she previously espoused and argues for a monism that avoids reductive materialism, holding that materiality is inconceivable without its immaterial frame. She also argues that this position ought to serve as the basis for an immanent and non-normative ontoethics. I give a summation and review of the book before offering an argument against such an approach to ethics. I also offer a related critique of the tendency, widespread within critical theory, to consider all transcendence oppressive.

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