Environment and Society: Socionatural Relations in the by Manuel Arias-Maldonado

By Manuel Arias-Maldonado

This brief booklet units out to discover the concept that of nature within the context of a altering fact, during which the level of our transformation of our surroundings has turn into glaring: what's nature and to what quantity has humanity remodeled it? How do nature and society relate to each other? What does the belief of a sustainable society entail and the way can nature be understood as a political topic? what's the Anthropocene and the way does it have an effect on nature as either an idea and a cloth entity? Has nature probably “ended?” In addressing those questions, the writer promises a concise yet significant learn of latest understandings of nature, person who is going past the bounds posed via a unmarried self-discipline. Adopting a very entire standpoint, the paintings comprises classical disciplines similar to philosophy, evolutionary conception and the heritage of rules; new and combined methods starting from environmental sociology to neurobiology and ecological economics and the rising zone of the environmental humanities and represents a turning out to be department of political idea that perspectives nature as a brand new political topic.

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Yet both positions are ultimately flawed if we take into consideration the actual socionatural relation. A key distinction will thus be proposed between a non-existent ontological dualism and a historically developed dualism that truly separates—to a certain extent—human beings from nature. Oddly enough, this separation coexist with an ever deeper interpenetration of the human and the natural, the outcome of which is the current socionatural entanglement. Under this light, the chapter discusses what does it mean to preserve nature in the Anthropocene and how can the corresponding moralization of the human–nature relation be achieved in this hybridized context.

Breaking with mechanism, it emphasizes diversity over unity, heterogeneity over homogeneity, the whole over the parts. Diderot’s Pensées sur l’interpretation de la nature, published in 1753, are an important landmark of this new thinking. The French philosophe warns about the human unability to grasp the complexity of the natural order he marvels at—an attitude later reproduced by many environmental philosophers (Diderot 2000). Likewise, German idealism—from Goethe to Herder and Humboldt—see nature as a whole, a totality, thus pointing to the very underside of the Enlightenment: Romanticism.

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