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A Cosmopolitical Proposal: Towards a Democratic Composition of Environments
Unformatted Document Text:  24 be endless). Other problems might include the role of genetically-modified organisms in the food supply, the placement and construction of public infrastructure such as transit projects or water supply facilities, or any number of urban planning questions. A Parliament is always specific to a problem and its constituents; the Parliamentary experience of dealing with one particular problem cannot be transposed directly onto another problem because of the different relations and practices involved in every problem. Upon entering into negotiation, the only resources participants have to attain a resolution is found in the “new interests provoked by their coming together,” the novel possibilities of compromise and coexistence that emerge only once the participants gather and engage one another. 53 No general interest that spans all parties or places can be used to end discussion prematurely, nor can the ‘objective’ world of scientific discovery and revelation be mobilized to halt political argumentation by informing politicians about what definitely exists, what the Parliament can do, and what it must do to survive, in our contemporary case. A Parliament and its negotiations are strictly immanent, denying recourse to any transcendent logic, goal, interest or imperative. Importantly for Stengers, all participants “would have to invent the means of becoming interested in others and in making them interested, with no hope of being able to substitute itself for them ‘in the name of science.’” 54 Science as a transcendent truth that puts an end to political debate is not an acceptable form of argumentation in the Parliament. Instead of claims of “scientificity,” an entity must prove that it makes a difference, however small, in existing or potential relations to count as a relevant participant. Just as Latour noted above in relation to scientific truth claims, demonstrating the small differences between entities and their effects establishes the relative truth of an entity’s existence. Their contribution to composing a 53 Stengers, 154. 54 Stengers, 154.

Authors: Nordquist, Michael.
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be endless). Other problems might include the role of genetically-modified organisms in the
food supply, the placement and construction of public infrastructure such as transit projects or
water supply facilities, or any number of urban planning questions. A Parliament is always
specific to a problem and its constituents; the Parliamentary experience of dealing with one
particular problem cannot be transposed directly onto another problem because of the different
relations and practices involved in every problem.
Upon entering into negotiation, the only resources participants have to attain a resolution
is found in the “new interests provoked by their coming together,” the novel possibilities of
compromise and coexistence that emerge only once the participants gather and engage one
another.
No general interest that spans all parties or places can be used to end discussion
prematurely, nor can the ‘objective’ world of scientific discovery and revelation be mobilized to
halt political argumentation by informing politicians about what definitely exists, what the
Parliament can do, and what it must do to survive, in our contemporary case. A Parliament and
its negotiations are strictly immanent, denying recourse to any transcendent logic, goal, interest
or imperative. Importantly for Stengers, all participants “would have to invent the means of
becoming interested in others and in making them interested, with no hope of being able to
substitute itself for them ‘in the name of science.’”
Science as a transcendent truth that puts an
end to political debate is not an acceptable form of argumentation in the Parliament. Instead of
claims of “scientificity,” an entity must prove that it makes a difference, however small, in
existing or potential relations to count as a relevant participant. Just as Latour noted above in
relation to scientific truth claims, demonstrating the small differences between entities and their
effects establishes the relative truth of an entity’s existence. Their contribution to composing a
53
Stengers, 154.
54
Stengers, 154.


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