Degrading Our Environment: Western Philosophy and Man's Separation from Nature

Presented with Strong Rope Brewery


Environmental degradation is one of the 21st centuries most pressing concerns. Our unsustainable relationship with Nature is fueled (pun intended) by a long held view in Western thought that Man is separate from Nature. This Olio will attempt to provide a historical overview (beginning with Plato and working through the Western philosophical tradition) of the views that support this problematic relationship.  

Looking at a few different definitions of nature, we will discuss how to best engage with our environment. Among other things, we'll ask if we should be repairing the damage we've already inflicted or rather get out of the way and let nature repair itself? 

 This Olio will conclude with an open discussion, questioning if it would be beneficial to abandon the concept of Nature entirely.




Location: Strong Rope Brewery

574 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

 Strong Rope Brewery creates handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices showcasing the New York State farmers and malters we work with to create great tasting beer.

To Strong Rope, a living ale is more than just cask ale—it also speaks to the evolving record of beer history and culture, as well as to our efforts to use organic and natural ingredients, creating a more sustainable world. Beer is a living record of our society and that evolution will be continued through Strong Rope Brewery.


Other upcoming Olios


Apr 28

Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

Taught by Phelim Kine
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 30

*Read-in* Undoing the Demos: The Future of Education

Taught by Hallie Scott
4 p.m. at Dean Machine

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May 5

Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It's Funny Because It's True

Taught by Christopher Kelley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 7

*Read-in* The True Believer and the Nature of Mass Movements

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Sign Up - $10

May 19

The Feminist Storytelling Movement in True Crime

Taught by Tracy Bealer
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 27

Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

Taught by Ward Regan
7 p.m. at Molasses Books

Sign Up - $0

Jun 2

How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US?

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jun 30

The Woman Question

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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