Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics
March 2006, Polity
Braidotti takes a bold stand against moral universalism, while offering a vigorous defence of nomadic ethics against the charges of relativism and nihilism. She calls for a new form of ethical accountability that takes "Life" as the subject, not the object, of enquiry. This ethics is presented as a fundamental reconfiguration of our being in the world and it calls for more conceptual creativity in the production of worldviews that can better enable us to behave ethically in a technologically and globally mediated world. The nomadic ethical subject negotiates successfully the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory politics on the other.
Transpositions provides an intellectually rich guide to the leading critical debates of our time and will be of great interest to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences.
1 Translations: Transposing Moral Debates.
2 Transactions: Transposing Difference.
3 Transplants: Transposing Nature.
4 Transists: Transposing the Subject.
5 Transcendence: Transposing Death.
Epilogue: Transmissions, or Transposing the Future.
- A major new philosophical work by a leading figure in the
- Argues that for humans to live successfully in the modern world
we must develop a ‘nomadic ethics’ in which Life is the
subject, not the object, of enquiry.
- A bold new argument against moral universalism.
- An exciting and original guide through the central critical debates of our time.
London Review of Books
"Playing on Braidotti’s inspiration room music and
genetics in her definition of transpositions. I read her wise,
smart, inviting book as itself a “transposon”-i.e. a
mobile vehicle for risky change in the score of post humanist
becoming that is mortal life. Braidotti transplants vigorous
philosophical shoots into worldly solid as she cultivates less
death-defying, more nomadic, and insatiably curious and passionate
ethics for our schizophrenic biotechnological times."
Donna J. Haraway, University of California at Santa
"This is a remarkably strong book, especially in its negotiation
of the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces
on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory
politics (without essential identity) on the other. A substantial
intervention in social and political theory."
Claire Colebrook, Edinburgh University