On always already

The phrase “always already” is, in the main, attrib­uted to the post­struc­tural­ist philoso­pher Jaques Der­ri­da. It has, how­ev­er, come to be a trope for the new mate­ri­al­ists and it is in this usage that I mod­est­ly take it on. Specif­i­cal­ly, my guid­ing sources are from the fem­i­nist techno­science schol­ars Don­na Har­away and Karen Barad, both of whom make heavy use of the phrase to trou­ble the bina­ries abound in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy (sub­ject-object, mind-mat­ter, inside-out­side, past-present, etc.).
For some back ground read­ing see The New Mate­ri­al­ist “Always Already”: On an A‑Human Human­i­ties.