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Our use of cases follows in the tradition of casuistry in its various ramifications from ethics, to law, medicine, and other domains. We distinguish cases from examples. Whereas examples function to illustrate theory, cases are specific while also having ramifying analogical relations to other cases. The significance of a case turns neither on its singularity nor on its universality. Rather, it turns on a productive relation between the necessity of taking into account the particularity of a given case as well as the relevant metric that specified that case and directs inquiry to pursue a series of analogical cases.

What is a contemporary case? In law, medicine, etc. there are settled forms and venues, modes of jurisdiction, modes of subjectivation and so forth by way of which and through which what counts as a case can be taken for granted. These forms and venues provide the criteria of exclusion such that a field of elements can be reduced to those things that count as a case and such that a case can be given form.

For a contemporary case it is not a question of a totally new invention or even a considered validation of past forms and venues. Rather, given that forms and venues are taken as a problem to be addressed, it is a question of identifying the means, modes, and metrics by way of which cases have been constituted and mobilized in these other venues such that the salience of those dynamics and practices for contemporary problems can be identified, designed and tested. The pertinence of our conceptual tool kit - concept work, diagnostics, pathways, and inquiry - all bear on the question of the work to be done in order to establish what counts as a contemporary case.