The Fragmented Body of Prometheus

“In the face of those who denigrate decadence, the supposed optimism of the theory of productive forces is immediately ripped to piece by the play of two contrary powers: the grand tragedy of water and fire, of production and destruction, and the low comedy of earth and air, of fabrication and imitation.  One may talk as much as one likes about Marx’s “Promethean” theory, but the body of Prometheus is fragmented from the outset.  The materialism of history and the dialectics of revolution run the risk of never encountering each other in it.” Rancière, The Philosopher and His Poor, 69