“It matters whether we make ourselves in plenty or in unfulfilled need, including need for genuine knowledge and meaning.”


Donna J. Haraway, from Simians, Cyborgs, and Women




The Masses

“It matters politically because, like the masses in general, it is something to which the powerful must always attend if they are to move as they would like.”


Wendy Brown, from Manhood and Politics





“It is important to recognize that it matters what figures we think through, from, and with.”


Stefanie R. Fishel, from The Microbial State




At Stake

“Imagination means how we see and how we learn to see, how we suppose the world works, how we suppose that it matters, and what we feel we have at stake in it.”


Jedediah Purdy, from After Nature




“And, if one admits that one’s senses are hierarchized (and in space-time), it matters for “man” to find a vital speed, a growth speed that is compatible with all his senses and meanings, and for him to know how to stop in order to rest, to leave an interval between himself and the other, to look toward, to contemplate — to wonder.”


Luce Irigaray, from An Ethics of Sexual Difference




“And again, because it matters, and because it matters the thingness of matter, as much as materializes forms of controlling matters: ‘uncertainty surrounds the holding of things.’”

André Lepecki, from Singularities




“Duties, in short, are never generated in a vacuum: the idea of needs, and of entitlements based upon needs, always enters in to inform us why the duty is a duty, and why it matters.”


Martha C. Nussbaum, from Frontiers of Justice




“But it matters, how we assemble things, how we put things together.  Our archives are assembled out of encounters, taking form as a memory trace of where we have been.”


Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness




“… precisely because the institutional limit to our freedom is the very form of freedom, it matters a great deal how this limit is structured, what concrete form it takes.”


Slavoj Zizek, from The Year of Dreaming Dangerously




“It matters, of course, what age those bodies are, and whether they are able-bodied, since in all forms of dependency, bodies require not just one other person, but social systems of support that are complexly human and technical.”


Judith Butler, from Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly