1. “The partition of the sensible is the cutting-up of the world and of world
. . . a partition between what is visible and what is not, of what can be
heard from the inaudible.” Rancière, “Ten Theses on Politics.”
2. Rancière claims that “politics in general is about the configuration of the
sensible,” meaning that politics consists in the contestation over just what
is “the given.” It is “about the visibilities of the places and abilities of the
body in those places” (Rancière, “Comment and Responses”). I agree that
politics is the arranging and rearranging of the landscape that humans can
sense or perceive, but I, unlike Rancière, am also interested in the “abili-
ties” of nonhuman bodies—of artifacts, metals, berries, electricity, stem
cells, and worms. I consider Rancière’s theory of democracy in chapter 7.
3. Bergson, Creative Evolution, 45.
4. Latour, Politics of Nature, 237.
5. On this point Latour says that the phrase name of action is more appropri-
ate than actant, for “only later does one deduce from these performances
a competence” (Latour, Pandora’s Hope, 303, 308).
6. Deleuze and Guattari, Thousand Plateaus, 351–423.
7. Spinoza, preface to Ethics, 102–3.