Edge{s} of the “Anthropocene”

Standard and Non-standard Post-humanisms


  • Nandita Biswas Mellamphy University of Western Ontario




Anthropocentrism, Human-centrism, Post-humanism, Feminisms, Ontopolitics, Political Ontology, the Anthropocene, Post-Anthropocentrism


This article examines three distinct onto-political modes: the human-centric onto-politics of ‘centring the human’, post-human onto-politics of ‘de-centring the human’, and a third mode that rejects and argues against these options in favour of jettisoning the human/non-human dyad altogether. Instead of placing humans ‘in or on the loop’ with other species, a third model would place humans ‘out of the loop’ of command. I argue that contrary to claims, the post-human declaration of ‘de-centring the human’ cannot be considered ‘post-anthropocentric’ (implying the abolition of anthropocentrism), though it can be considered ‘anti-anthropocentric’. Only the onto-politics of abolition would truly be post-anthropocentric, because only it would eliminate the human/non-human conceptual dualism upon which the onto-politics of centring and de-centring is based.

Author Biography

Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, University of Western Ontario

Nandita Biswas Mellamphy is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Political Science; an affiliate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; core faculty in (and former Associate Director of) the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism; and founding Director of The Electro-Governance research group (EGG), all at Western University in Canada. Currently, she is Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, as well as an Associate Editor of Interconnections: Journal of Posthumanism. Her areas of study are situated at the intersection of Political Theory, Continental Philosophy and Information/Media Studies.




How to Cite

Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. 2023. “Edge{s} of the ‘Anthropocene’: Standard and Non-Standard Post-Humanisms”. Technophany, A Journal for Philosophy and Technology 2 (1):1-23. https://doi.org/10.54195/technophany.13800.



Technē and Feminism: Articles (edited by Katarina Kolozova and Vera Bühlmann)
Received 2023-03-04
Accepted 2023-05-06
Published 2023-06-26