Theory and the “Real” World

There is wisdom tucked in this passage from Donna Haraway’s Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, better known for its Cyborg Manifesto:

So, I think my problem and ‘our’ problem is how to have simultaneously an account of radical historical contingency for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for recognizing our own ‘semiotic technologies’ for making meanings, and a no-nonsense commitment to faithful accounts of a ‘real’ world, one that can be partially shared and friendly to earth-wide projects of finite freedom, adequate material abundance, modest meaning in suffering, and limited happiness.

You can read the chapter from which that quotation is drawn here.

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