The Places of God in an Age of Re-Embodiments: What is Culture?
In an age of ecological decay, Western ontological and epistemological assumptions have to be revisited. This book offers such a revision. It opens with a critical analysis of the paradigm of sustainable development and problematically situates it within the ecocidal trajectory of Western metaphysics. In search of some tools for examining the ecological conundrum, the book develops a pool of new categories of knowledge called “transpositions”. Though of cross-disciplinary nature, this work must be situated within the tradition of the post-Kantian critique of reason. To develop its own framework of analysis, it relies heavily upon Nietzsche’s oeuvre and that of part of his entourage (including Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and Plotnitsky). Major inputs also come from the work of the ecophilosopher of science Patrick Curry and ecofeminism at large. It will appeal to students and established scholars in environmental studies, ecology and philosophy.
Dr Ruth Thomas-Pellicer is an independent philosopher based in Catalonia, Spain, who works across disciplines and intends to bring about a post-ecocidal turn in the trajectory of Western metaphysics. The defence of “nature” in scholarly, scientific and political circles alike has been largely subsumed in the sustainability vision. Thomas-Pellicer demonstrates that the horizon offered by this rubric, for all its polyvalent uses, is not sufficiently broad to intellectually (and politically) address the global ecodebacle. The “ecocidal” – and a fortiori “post-ecocidal” – perspective Thomas-Pellicer applies in her work seems to provide a more promising angle. Thomas-Pellicer is also the main editor of the collection of essays Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments.
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