Man's Separation from Nature and Where to Go from Here

None at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Jun 23 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Our unsustainable relationship with Nature is fueled by a long held view in Western thought that Man is separate from Nature. This discussion will explain the origins of this separation and attempt to provide an idea of how we can actually go about discharging our responsibility for environmental harms.

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

But knowing that a problem exists isn’t enough. What should be done to deal with it? Currently, the environmental literature is divided on how to best conceptualize the notion of responsibility in environmental crises. I contend there are two main competing schools of thought: (1) the Anthropic (undifferentiated responsibility) and (2) the Environmental Justice (differentiated responsibility).

In this Olio I will briefly summarize these two views and demonstrate their respective strengths and weaknesses and afterwards offer a model of responsibility based heavily on Iris Marion Young’s account that I believe integrates the best features of each approach. My hope is that the discussion will provide us all with a better idea of how we can actually go about discharging our responsibility for environmental harms.

Teacher: Manuel Rodeiro
Venue: Strand Bookstore

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