Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling on the Landscapes of Thought [NOOK Book]

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This richly diverse collection looks at the contemporary relevance of the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty to environmental issues and builds a coherent philosophical ecology based on his thought. The contributors describe and analyze relations within the natural world by focusing on the centrality of relations in Merleau-Ponty's work; his concept of the bond between humanity and nature; and his novel philosophies of perception, embodiment, and "wild" Being. Eco-phenomenologies of living places such as Central...
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Overview

This richly diverse collection looks at the contemporary relevance of the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty to environmental issues and builds a coherent philosophical ecology based on his thought. The contributors describe and analyze relations within the natural world by focusing on the centrality of relations in Merleau-Ponty's work; his concept of the bond between humanity and nature; and his novel philosophies of perception, embodiment, and "wild" Being. Eco-phenomenologies of living places such as Central Park in New York City, Midwestern farmlands, and communal household dwellings of Pacific Northwest Coast people are closely examined. The contributors also explore Merleau-Ponty's philosophy for environmental ethics and develop notions such as vital values, somatic empathy, and interspecies sociality.
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For the environmental philosopher with little or no previous knowledge of Merleau-Ponty, the book would provide a challenging introduction to the multiplicity of interpretations of his thought, related, sometimes directly, sometimes tangentially, to the issues of environmental philosophy ... these essays all deal with lived experience of nature, or how it is that there is nature for us.— Environmental Ethics

"I like the way that serious Merleau-Ponty scholarship and a rigorously phenomenological approach are paired with the practical concerns, often illustrated in concrete detail, about the environment."— Phillip McReynolds, Penn State at University Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791480243
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne L. Cataldi is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the author of Emotion, Depth, and Flesh: A Study of Sensitive Space: Reflections on Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of Embodiment, also published by SUNY Press.

William S. Hamrick is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the author of the SUNY Press book Kindness and the Good Society: Connections of the Heart, winner of the 2004 Edward Goodwin Ballard Book Prize in Phenomenology.

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Table of Contents


Abbreviations     ix
Introduction     1
Building, Dwelling, Living-Bordering on the Natural
A Little Knowledge of Dangerous Things: Human Vulnerability in a Changing Climate   Robert Kirkman     19
An Inquiry into the Intercorporeal Relations Between Humans and the Earth   Kenneth Liberman     37
The Liminal World of the Northwest Coast   Patricia M. Locke     51
Borders and Boundaries: Edging into the Environment   Edward S. Casey     67
Logos of Our Eco in the Feminine: An Approach Through Heidegger, Irigaray, and Merleau-Ponty   Carol Bigwood     93
Umwelt and Nature in Merleau-Ponty's Ontology   Duane H. Davis     117
Merleau-Ponty, Ecology, and Biosemiotics   Maurita Harney     133
Embodiment, Sociality, and Ecological Values
Earth in Eclipse   David Abram     149
Lived Body and Ecological Value Cognition   John R. White     177
"Fleshing" Out an Ethic of Diversity   Molly Hadley Jensen     191
Social Ecology and the Flesh: Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, and Ecocommunitarian Politics   Sally Fischer     203
Harmony in a Dislocated World   Jocelyn Dunphy-Blomfield     217
Merleau-Ponty's Transversal Geophilosophy and SinicAesthetics of Nature   Hwa Yol Jung     235
Merleau-Ponty and the Ontology of Ecology or Apocalypse Later   Martin C. Dillon     259
Contributors     273
Index     277
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