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The Lies That Bind - Rethinking Identity (Paperback): Kwame Anthony Appiah The Lies That Bind - Rethinking Identity (Paperback)
Kwame Anthony Appiah 1
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

We often think identity is personal. But the identities that shape the world, our struggles, and our hopes, are social ones, shared with countless others. Our sense of self is shaped by our family, but also by affiliations that spread out from there, like our nationality, culture, class, race and religion.

Taking these broad categories as a starting point, Professor Appiah challenges our assumptions about how identity works. In eloquent and lively chapters, he weaves personal anecdote with historical, cultural and literary example to explore the entanglements within the stories we tell ourselves. We all know there are conflicts among identities; but Professor Appiah explores how identities are created by conflict.

Identities are then crafted from confusions - confusions this book aims to help us sort through. Religion, Appiah shows us, isn't primarily about beliefs. The idea of national self-determination is incoherent. Our everyday racial thinking is an artefact of discarded science. Class is not a matter of upper and lower. And the very idea of Western culture is a misleading myth. We will see our situation more clearly if we start to question these mistaken identities. This is radical new thinking from a master in the subject and will change forever the way we think about ourselves and our communities.

Particulars, Actuality, and Identity over Time, vol 4 - Analytical Metaphysics (Hardcover, annotated edition): Michael Tooley Particulars, Actuality, and Identity over Time, vol 4 - Analytical Metaphysics (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Michael Tooley
R3,090 Discovery Miles 30 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion - Reason, Love and Epistemic Locatedness (Paperback, New Ed): Pamela Sue Anderson Re-visioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion - Reason, Love and Epistemic Locatedness (Paperback, New Ed)
Pamela Sue Anderson
R1,059 Discovery Miles 10 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A passion for justice and truth motivates the bold challenge of Revisioning Gender in Philosophy of Religion. Unearthing the ways in which the myths of Christian patriarchy have historically inhibited and prohibited women from thinking and writing their own ideas, this book lays fresh ground for re-visioning the epistemic practices of philosophers. Pamela Sue Anderson seeks both to draw out the salient threads in the gendering of philosophy of religion as it has been practiced and to re-vision gender for philosophy today. The arguments put forth by contemporary philosophers of religion concerning human and divine attributes are epistemically located; yet the motivation to recognize this locatedness has to come from a concern for justice. This book presents invaluable new perspectives on the philosopher's ever-increasing awareness of his or her own locatedness, on the gender (often unwittingly) given to God, the ineffability in both analytic and Continental philosophy, the still critical role of reason in the field, the aims of a feminist philosophy of religion, the roles of beauty and justice, the vision of love and reason, and a gendering which opens philosophy of religion up to diversity.

With Dogs at the Edge of Life (Paperback): Colin Dayan With Dogs at the Edge of Life (Paperback)
Colin Dayan
R519 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this original and provocative book, Colin Dayan tackles head-on the inexhaustible world, at once tender and fierce, of dogs and humans. We follow the tracks of dogs in the bayous of Louisiana, the streets of Istanbul, and the humane societies of the United States, and in the memories and myths of the humans who love them. Dayan reorients our ethical and political assumptions through a trans-species engagement that risks as much as it promises. She makes a powerful case for questioning what we think of as our deepest-held beliefs and, with dogs in the lead, unsettles the dubious promises of liberal humanism. Moving seamlessly between memoir, case law, and film, Dayan takes politics and animal studies in a new direction-one that gives us glimpses of how we can think beyond ourselves and with other beings. Her unconventional perspective raises hard questions and renews what it means for any animal or human to live in the twenty-first century. Nothing less than a challenge for us to confront violence and suffering even in the privileged precincts of modernity, this searing and lyrical book calls for another way to think the world. Theoretically sophisticated yet aimed at a broad readership, With Dogs at the Edge of Life illuminates how dogs-and their struggles-take us beyond sentimentality and into a form of thought that can make a difference to our lives.

Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor (Hardcover): Gina Schouten Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor (Hardcover)
Gina Schouten
R1,659 Discovery Miles 16 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book defends progressive political interventions to erode the gendered division of labor as legitimate exercises of coercive political power. The gendered division of labor is widely regarded as the linchpin of gender injustice. The process of gender equalization in domestic and paid labor allocations has stalled, and a growing number of scholars argue that, absent political intervention, further eroding of the gendered division of labor will not be forthcoming anytime soon. Certain political interventions could jumpstart the stalled gender revolution, but beyond their prospects for effectiveness, such interventions stand in need of another kind of justification. In a diverse, liberal state, reasonable citizens will disagree about what makes for a good life and a good society. Because a fundamental commitment of liberalism is to limit political intrusion into the lives of citizens and allow considerable space for those citizens to act on their own conceptions of the good, questions of legitimacy arise. Legitimacy concerns the constraints we must abide by as we seek collective political solutions to our shared social problems, given that we will disagree, reasonably, both about what constitutes a problem and about what costs we should be willing to incur to fix it. The interventions in question would effectively subsidize gender egalitarian lifestyles at a cost to those who prefer to maintain a traditional gendered division of labor. In a pluralistic, liberal society where many citizens reasonably resist the feminist agenda, can we legitimately use scarce public resources to finance coercive interventions to subsidize gender egalitarianism? This book argues that they can, and moreover, that they can even by the lights of political liberalism, a particularly demanding theory of liberal legitimacy.

Brain Mystery Light and Dark - The Rhythm and Harmony of Consciousness (Paperback): Charles Don Keyes Brain Mystery Light and Dark - The Rhythm and Harmony of Consciousness (Paperback)
Charles Don Keyes
R1,049 Discovery Miles 10 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Brain Mystery Light and Dark examines scientific models of how the brain becomes conscious and argues that the spiritual dimension of life is compatible with the main scientific theories. Keyes shows us that the belief in the unity of mind and brain does not necessarily undermine aesthetic, religious, and ethical beliefs.

Stand out of our Light - Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy (Paperback): James Williams Stand out of our Light - Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy (Paperback)
James Williams
R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Former Google advertising strategist, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this 'attention economy', we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control. Drawing on insights ranging from Diogenes to contemporary tech leaders, Williams's thoughtful and impassioned analysis is sure to provoke discussion and debate. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. This title is also available as Open Access.

Metaethics (Paperback): Simon Kirchin Metaethics (Paperback)
Simon Kirchin
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Metaethics is an engaging and argumentative textbook introducing advanced students to the cutting edge of the debate in one of the most exciting areas of contemporary philosophy. Kirchin covers key topics, including varieties of moral realism, error theory, noncognitivism, and a brand new position; metaethical pluralism.

Global Political Philosophy (Paperback): M. Risse Global Political Philosophy (Paperback)
M. Risse
R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An introduction to political philosophy. It takes a different approach to understanding the important and topical debates in the subject through the lens of issues of global reach such as justice, human rights, fair trade and immigration, focusing on normative questions that arise about globalisation.

Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Vintage Enthusiasms - Essays in Honour of John L. Bell (Paperback, 2011 ed.): David Devidi,... Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Vintage Enthusiasms - Essays in Honour of John L. Bell (Paperback, 2011 ed.)
David Devidi, Michael Hallett, Peter Clark
R6,005 Discovery Miles 60 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The volume includes twenty-five research papers presented as gifts to John L. Bell to celebrate his 60th birthday by colleagues, former students, friends and admirers. Like Bell's own work, the contributions cross boundaries into several inter-related fields. The contributions are new work by highly respected figures, several of whom are among the key figures in their fields. Some examples: in foundations of maths and logic (William Lawvere, Peter Aczel, Graham Priest, Giovanni Sambin); analytical philosophy (Michael Dummett, William Demopoulos), philosophy of science (Michael Redhead, Frank Arntzenius), philosophy of mathematics (Michael Hallett, John Mayberry, Daniel Isaacson) and decision theory and foundations of economics (Ken Bimore). Most articles are contributions to current philosophical debates, but contributions also include some new mathematical results, important historical surveys, and a translation by Wilfrid Hodges of a key work of arabic logic.

Minima Moralia - Reflections from Damaged Life (Paperback, New edition): Theodor Adorno Minima Moralia - Reflections from Damaged Life (Paperback, New edition)
Theodor Adorno
R281 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R63 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written between 1944 and 1947, Minima Moralia is a collection of rich, lucid aphorisms and essays about life in modern capitalist society. From the books of Marcel Proust to interior design, sexuality to childhood, hotels to the rise of fascism, cinema to astrology, Adorno casts his penetrating eye across society in mid-century America and finds a life deformed by capitalism, a system whose technological and cultural marvels mask the domination which reached its apex in Nazi Germany. This is Adorno's theoretical and literary masterpiece and a classic of twentieth century thought.

Totalitarianism (Paperback): David D. Roberts Totalitarianism (Paperback)
David D. Roberts
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Less than a century old, the concept of totalitarianism is one of the most controversial in political theory, with some proposing to abandon it altogether. In this accessible, wide-ranging introduction, David Roberts addresses the grounds for skepticism and shows that appropriately recast--as an aspiration and direction, rather than a system of domination--totalitarianism is essential for understanding the modern political universe. Surveying the career of the concept from the 1920s to today, Roberts shows how it might better be applied to the three ""classic"" regimes of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Extending totalitarianism's reach into the twenty-first century, he then examines how Communist China, Vladimir Putin's Russia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), and the threat of the technological "surveillance state" can be conceptualized in the totalitarian tradition. Roberts shows that although the term has come to have overwhelmingly negative connotations, some have enthusiastically pursued a totalitarian direction--and not simply for power, control, or domination. This volume will be essential reading for any student, scholar or reader interested in how totalitarianism does, and could, shape our modern political world.

Mass-Produced Original Paintings, the Psychology of Art, and an Everyday Aesthetics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Martin S.... Mass-Produced Original Paintings, the Psychology of Art, and an Everyday Aesthetics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Martin S. Lindauer
R1,474 Discovery Miles 14 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines the contribution of mass-produced original painting to the psychology of art, psychological aesthetics, and art criticism. Mass-produced paintings are an inexpensive, accessible, ubiquitous, and hand-painted popular art by anonymous artists or teams. Sold in an array of outlets, ranging from flea markets to shopping centers to cruise ships, they decorate hotels, offices, and homes. Addressed is their neglect in current scholarship in favor of a nearly exclusive investigation of the high arts and their audiences, as represented by museum paintings. Lindauer contextualizes his analysis by tracing the historical origins of this type of painting, popular art in general, and their evolutionary trajectory, exploring issues including: the impact of art and artists' creativity on viewers; the overemphasis on originality and name recognition; what is art and who can be called an artist; and the extension of aesthetics to include an everyday kind. The book concludes with directions for future research in the popular and traditional arts, the psychology of art, and, more broadly, the ties that transcend barriers between science, the arts, and the humanities. It will appeal to students and scholars from across the fields of psychology, sociology, philosophy, art history, and cultural, media and communication studies.

Neuroethics and Nonhuman Animals (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): L. Syd M. Johnson, Andrew Fenton, Adam Shriver Neuroethics and Nonhuman Animals (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
L. Syd M. Johnson, Andrew Fenton, Adam Shriver
R4,120 Discovery Miles 41 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This edited volume represents a unique addition to the available literature on animal ethics, animal studies, and neuroethics. Its goal is to expand discussions on animal ethics and neuroethics by weaving together different threads: philosophy of mind and animal minds, neuroscientific study of animal minds, and animal ethics. Neuroethical questions concerning animals' moral status, animal minds and consciousness, animal pain, and the adequacy of animal models for neuropsychiatric disease have long been topics of debate in philosophy and ethics, and more recently also in neuroscientific research. The book presents a transdisciplinary blend of voices, underscoring different perspectives on the broad questions of how neuroscience can contribute to our understanding of nonhuman minds, and on debates over the moral status of nonhuman animals. All chapters were written by outstanding scholars in philosophy, neuroscience, animal behavior, biology, neuroethics, and bioethics, and cover a range of issues and species/taxa. Given its scope, the book will appeal to scientists and students interested in the debate on animal ethics, while also offering an important resource for future researchers. Chapter 13 is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.

Letters on Ethics - To Lucilius (Paperback): Lucius Annaeus Seneca Letters on Ethics - To Lucilius (Paperback)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Translated by Margaret Graver, A. A. Long
R847 R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Save R52 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Roman statesman and philosopher Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE) recorded his moral philosophy and reflections on life as a highly original kind of correspondence. Letters on Ethics includes vivid descriptions of town and country life in Nero's Italy, discussions of poetry and oratory, and philosophical training for Seneca's friend Lucilius. This volume, the first complete English translation in nearly a century, makes the Letters more accessible than ever before. Written as much for a general audience as for Lucilius, these engaging letters offer advice on how to deal with everything from nosy neighbors to sickness, pain, and death. Seneca uses the informal format of the letter to present the central ideas of Stoicism, for centuries the most influential philosophical system in the Mediterranean world. His lively and at times humorous expositions have made the Letters his most popular work and an enduring classic. Including an introduction and explanatory notes by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long, this authoritative edition will captivate a new generation of readers.

International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Paul Smeyers, David Bridges, Nicholas... International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Paul Smeyers, David Bridges, Nicholas C. Burbules, Morwenna Griffiths
R10,772 R9,532 Discovery Miles 95 320 Save R1,240 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This handbook focuses on the often neglected dimension of interpretation in educational research. It argues that all educational research is in some sense 'interpretive', and that understanding this issue belies some usual dualisms of thought and practice, such as the sharp dichotomy between 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' research. Interpretation extends from the very framing of the research task, through the sources which constitute the data, the process of their recording, representation and analysis, to the way in which the research is finally or provisionally presented. The thesis of the handbook is that interpretation cuts across the fields (both philosophically, organizationally and methodologically). By covering a comprehensive range of research approaches and methodologies, the handbook gives (early career) researchers what they need to know in order to decide what particular methods can offer for various educational research contexts/fields. An extensive overview includes concrete examples of different kinds of research (not limited for example to 'teaching' and 'learning' examples as present in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, but including as well what in the German Continental tradition is labelled 'padagogisch', examples from child rearing and other contexts of non-formal education) with full description and explanation of why these were chosen in particular circumstances and reflection on the wisdom or otherwise of the choice - combined in each case with consideration of the role of interpretation in the process. The handbook includes examples of a large number of methods traditionally classified as qualitative, interpretive and quantitative used across the area of the study of education. Examples are drawn from across the globe, thus exemplifying the different 'opportunities and constraints' that educational research has to confront in different societies.

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Stephen Eric Bronner Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Stephen Eric Bronner
R257 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R80 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Critical theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukacs and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations. This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. In this newly updated second edition, Bronner targets new academic interests, broadens his argument, and adapts it to a global society amid the resurgence of right-wing politics and neo-fascist movements. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Coming Good Society - Why New Realities Demand New Rights (Hardcover): William F Schulz, Sushma Raman The Coming Good Society - Why New Realities Demand New Rights (Hardcover)
William F Schulz, Sushma Raman
R700 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two authors with decades of experience promoting human rights argue that, as the world changes around us, rights hardly imaginable today will come into being. A rights revolution is under way. Today the range of nonhuman entities thought to deserve rights is exploding-not just animals but ecosystems and even robots. Changes in norms and circumstances require the expansion of rights: What new rights, for example, are needed if we understand gender to be nonbinary? Does living in a corrupt state violate our rights? And emerging technologies demand that we think about old rights in new ways: When biotechnology is used to change genetic code, whose rights might be violated? What rights, if any, protect our privacy from the intrusions of sophisticated surveillance techniques? Drawing on their vast experience as human rights advocates, William Schulz and Sushma Raman challenge us to think hard about how rights evolve with changing circumstances, and what rights will look like ten, twenty, or fifty years from now. Against those who hold that rights are static and immutable, Schulz and Raman argue that rights must adapt to new realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance. To preserve and promote the good society-one that protects its members' dignity and fosters an environment in which people will want to live-we must at times rethink the meanings of familiar rights and consider the introduction of entirely new rights. Now is one of those times. The Coming Good Society details the many frontiers of rights today and the debates surrounding them. Schulz and Raman equip us with the tools to engage the present and future of rights so that we understand their importance and know where we stand.

Morality and Health (Hardcover): Allan M. Brandt, Paul Rozin Morality and Health (Hardcover)
Allan M. Brandt, Paul Rozin
R3,855 Discovery Miles 38 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ranging across academic disciplines and historical time periods, the essays in Morality and Health offer a compelling assessment of the powerful role of moral systems for judging the complex questions of risk and responsibility for disease, the experience of illness, and social and cultural responses to those who are sick. Contributors focus on the history of attitudes and values about particular disease-related behaviours such as drinking, smoking and diet, as well as social, psychological and cultural perspectives on the process by which morality shapes our understanding of who gets sick and why.

Contributors include Keith Thomas, Charles Rosenberg, Richard Shweder, Arthur Kleinman, David Mechanic, Nancy Tomes and Linda Gordon.

Connecting Virtues: Advances in Ethics, Epistemology, and Political Philosophy (Paperback): Michel Croce, Maria Silvia... Connecting Virtues: Advances in Ethics, Epistemology, and Political Philosophy (Paperback)
Michel Croce, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza
R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Connecting Virtues examines the significant advances within the fast-growing field of virtue theory and shows how research has contributed to the current debates in moral philosophy, epistemology, and political philosophy. Includes groundbreaking chapters offering cutting-edge research on the topic of the virtues Provides insights into the application of the topic of virtue, such as the role of intellectual virtues, virtuous dispositions, and the value of some neglected virtues for political philosophy Examines the relevance of the virtues in the current debates in social epistemology, the epistemology of education, and civic education Features work from world-leading and internationally recognized philosophers working on the virtues today

Lost in Dialogue - Anthropology, Psychopathology, and Care (Paperback): Giovanni Stanghellini Lost in Dialogue - Anthropology, Psychopathology, and Care (Paperback)
Giovanni Stanghellini
R1,208 Discovery Miles 12 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The field of psychiatry has long struggled with developing models of practice; most underemphasize the interpersonal aspects of clinical practice. This essay is unique in putting intersubjectivity front and center. It is an attempt to provide a clinical method to re-establish the fragile dialogue of the soul with oneself and with others. Throughout, the book builds on the assumption that to be human means to be in dialogue. It uses dialogue as a unitary concept to address three essential issues for clinical practice: 'What is a human being?', 'What is mental pathology'?, and 'What is care?'. To be human - it is argued - means to be in dialogue with oneself and with other persons. Thus, mental pathology is the interruption of this dialogue - both of the person with the alterity that inhabits them, and with the alterity incarnated in other persons. Therefore, therapy is a dialogue with a method whose aim is to re-enact one's interrupted dialogue with alterity. Lost in Dialogue provides a method to approximate the Other, to understand its experiences, actions, and in general, understand the world in which it lives.

Herder's Hermeneutics - History, Poetry, Enlightenment (Hardcover): Kristin Gjesdal Herder's Hermeneutics - History, Poetry, Enlightenment (Hardcover)
Kristin Gjesdal
R2,123 R1,970 Discovery Miles 19 700 Save R153 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Through a detailed study of Herder's Enlightenment thought, especially his philosophy of literature, Kristin Gjesdal offers a new and sometimes provocative reading of the historical origins and contemporary challenges of modern hermeneutics. She shows that hermeneutic philosophy grew out of a historical, anthropological, and poetic discourse in the mid-eighteenth century and argues that, as such, it represents a rich, stimulating, and relevant engagement with the potentials and limits of human meaning and understanding. Gjesdal's study broadens our conception of hermeneutic philosophy - the issues it raises and the answers it offers - and underlines the importance of Herder's contribution to the development of this discipline. Her book will be highly valuable for students and scholars of eighteenth-century thought, especially those working in the fields of hermeneutics, aesthetics, and European philosophy.

Prince Nasir Akim Bey
R183 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R32 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Toleration (Paperback, New): Professor Preston King, Preston King Toleration (Paperback, New)
Professor Preston King, Preston King
R1,148 Discovery Miles 11 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The aim of this book, first published in the 1980s, is to set out the logic, implications and applications of toleration. It offers an analysis of the philosophy of toleration, constructs a history of toleration as a series of negations of specific intolerances, details the place of "procedural scepticism" in the determination of truth and falsity," and explores the relevance of tolerance to justice and to equality in plural democratic states.
This new edition seeks to clarify key points. It reviews and confirms toleration conceived as a negation of intolerances. It reviews and confirms the coherence of embedding "procedural scepticism" in "ideational tolerance." It returns to the discussion of toleration as a value. King has elsewhere moved increasingly towards the view that "tolerance" in a dramatically unequal world, may be more apt than "liberty," and that "friendship" may rightly trump over "power."
But the most important concern of this new edition is to affirm the continuing importance of distinguishing between the logical analysis of the construct and moral commitment to it. While there is a morality plainly implicit in this work, its approach is primarily analytical.

The Ecological Thought (Paperback): Timothy Morton The Ecological Thought (Paperback)
Timothy Morton
R561 R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Save R60 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this passionate, lucid, and surprising book, Timothy Morton argues that all forms of life are connected in a vast, entangling mesh. This interconnectedness penetrates all dimensions of life. No being, construct, or object can exist independently from the ecological entanglement, Morton contends, nor does "Nature" exist as an entity separate from the uglier or more synthetic elements of life. Realizing this interconnectedness is what Morton calls the ecological thought. In three concise chapters, Morton investigates the profound philosophical, political, and aesthetic implications of the fact that all life forms are interconnected. As a work of environmental philosophy and theory, The Ecological Thought explores an emerging awareness of ecological reality in an age of global warming. Using Darwin and contemporary discoveries in life sciences as root texts, Morton describes a mesh of deeply interconnected life forms-intimate, strange, and lacking fixed identity. A "prequel" to his Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (Harvard, 2007), The Ecological Thought is an engaged and accessible work that will challenge the thinking of readers in disciplines ranging from critical theory to Romanticism to cultural geography.

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