To my mind, theory is a collective if not a collaborative project, an inter-
nally motley and sometimes viciously contestatory endeavor. What I offer
to that endeavor here is not a polished and sealed theory of the human
but rather a set of concepts, figures, and reminders, a vocabulary of move-
ment, a terrain of possible resources. In closing, I would like to sketch
some further thoughts that anticipate how the idea that humans are bio-
cultural creatures might be elaborated.
Humans as Biocultural Creatures . . .
To consider humans as biocultural creatures is to have a basis for thinking
about humans as political subjects without recapitulating the forms of
human exceptionalism that have relied on a disavowal of materiality, em-
bodiment, animality, or dependence. I have delved down into the quanta,
the atoms, the molecules, and the cells not because I think it is important
for us to think and articulate our political ideas in idioms pertinent to
those scales of existence. Rather, I have dug down through them because
in doing so I have been able to do two things. First, I have been able to
dislodge the notion that there is any aspect of a living organism that is
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